I use the gym ball, mat and weights every day - the ecliptical trainer I use most days - maybe 4 days out of 7.
I would definitely buy a gym ball, a nice quality rubber mat, some weights and an areofit (ecliptical trainer)
I use my multi gym occassionally, simply because I am not very strong in the arms and it actually hurts considerably. I may use it more often some time in the future though. I hardly use the treadmill simply because it is on a incline and my knees creak and groan LOL
I really like the ecliptical trainer - as I am stood up and weight bearing. I could only do 2 minutes on it when we first purchased it and I thought what a waste of money!! But it is great and also monitors the heart rate so I ensure I stay at least 10-20 minutes at top rate now. But it took months to get there. Just don't overdo any of the exercises because if you do you tend (or at least I did) to be put off. Make it enjoyable - I get up in the mornings and have my ususal fix of coffee, read emails, about an hour later i ould set myself up to exercises. I'd spend 10 minutes on the ecliptical, 10 on the exercise bike, 10 on gym ball and then another 10 on the ecliptical.
Then I'd shower have some breakfast and work at my computer - but every hour without fail I get up and do something for at least 10 minutes, whether it is the multi gym (very low weights)bike or gym ball.
I am actually enjoying the work on the gym ball - I have just done some press ups with it - it is an easier form of exercise I think.
Let us know what you get and maybe I can send you something a little clearer than my explanations to try out?
You'll enjoy it, just do small amounts at first so that you don't over do it and go off the idea - even set yourself something for afterwards. I would enjoy a banana smoothie with low fat milk
I also found that if I was feeling like that salt or sugar fix I would jump on the bike or trainer and by the time I came off it I was too hot and tired to eat chips or chocolate!!
all I needed was a cold glass of water with a splash of light cordial!
I don't even know how many times tried to co-ordinate myself on the trainer - the more i tried the more I teetered on the edge of falling off!! Very funny to see, ask my OH LOL