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A couple of weekends ago, I participated on a Healthy Writer panel at the Baltimore Book Festival. We had quite an audience of writers looking to stay healthy, and many who offered up tips.

I’ve previously posted my top ten list of ways to stay healthy at Past the Print, if you care to check it out.

For most writers, getting out of our chairs and away from our computers can be really tough. I have to actually PLAN moments away from my desk, or I’ll sit here forever. This morning, I took the baby out and did a walk/job for twenty minutes through our hilly neighborhood. She had fun and I felt good about it when I was done–>I did however question my sanity while doing it.

Every week, here on this blog, I’m going to post a goal/tip for you to try and accomplish physically, and a healthy recipe. Monday is now officially HEALTHY DAY on this blog! Check back each week! They say that you should do something physically active every day. Ideally it would be 60 minutes a day, which you can break up into increments, and can even include housework. Start out slow, and build your way up. Its not always possible to fit in 60 minutes, so shoot for at least 15. Here is my exercise plan for the rest of this week:

  • Tuesday – Zumba class (dancing/aerobics)
  • Wednesday – jog/walk again
  • Thursday – Pilates
  • Friday – jog/walk
  • Saturday – jog/walk
  • Sunday – Zumba

This week’s goal:

Step outside in the fresh air. Do something active for 15 minutes. Try for 3 times this week. What can you do actively outside?

  1. Walk
  2. Run
  3. Skip
  4. Weed your garden
  5. Mow your lawn
  6. Trim your bushes
  7. Reorganize your patio furniture
  8. Kick the ball with your kids / play tag
  9. Play fetch with your dog
  10. Wash your car

Now for a healthy recipe, courtesy of my friend Nicole…

Jalapeno Cocktail Squares



  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (i just use a couple tbsp of the jarred/canned kind)
  • 4 cups shredded low-fat or fat-free Cheddar cheese
  • 6 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sprinkle chopped chile peppers in a well greased 9×9 inch square baking dish. Cover with cheese then pour beaten eggs over all. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until firm. Remove from oven, and cool completely. Cut into 1/2×1 inch squares. Stick a toothpick into each square, and place on a large serving plate.

Do you have any tips or a healthy recipe you want to share?