Basement Stairs + 2 Cans of Soup = Workout!
Okay, so I don't have the most awesome exercise equipment. But, I found you can still get a great workout with a little improvisation.
I decided to do some stair steps. I wanted to do something to 'kick it up a notch', so I grabbed to cans of tomato soup - just the right size to hold onto. To the basement stairs! (Not quite as cool as "To the Bat Cave!" but hey...)
I started out with 50 reps. Left up, right up, left down, right down. Swinging my arms and counting it out at the briskest pace I could manage. When I finished, I had to literally crawl up the stairs. I added 5 the next day, and 5 again yesterday. I'm going to keep adding 5 at a time until I can do this for a full 30 minutes. I'm also doing something I've always called "black cats". Down on all fours, arch your back as you bring your right knee to your chest, then extend it all the way back. Repeat till you're ready to collapse, then onto the other side. Of course, the point of collapse comes REALLY quickly when you are first starting.
Popcorn is a great filler. I bought some butter flavored popcorn salt, so I add just the tiniest bit of melted butter or margarine so the salt will stick a little and a small bowl fills me up. And if I really need something sweet, 5 small jelly beans are only 20 calories. Or just a square of chocolate.
Where are am I so far? Since Monday, I have lost 1.5 pounds. Woo hoo!!