Last year around this time of year I started walking to and from work. It was a pretty good workout that was easy to fit into my schedule. Back then I had a nanny, which meant I could leave early, secure in the knowledge that Lisa would get on the bus on time and the other two would carry on with their days.
What a difference a year makes. The nanny is gone, two kids now need to get on a bus, the other to daycare and there's no way Homer would be willing to take all of this on himself while I enjoy my morning walk.
So, Plan B still involves this great set of stairs. I run to the stairs, go up and down 3 times (working up to five times, but for now three seems to be my limit), then run home. The whole ordeal takes less than thirty minutes, I feel well worked-out and it can fit into almost any day.
I love this workout because:
1. It's quick
2. It's effective.
3. I can measure my progress (# of flights done, time of each flight)
4. It starts out easy and has some easy bits in between the hard bits, therefore the only real willpower required is for about 3 seconds at the top of the stairs.