Exercising in my Underwear

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When I was growing up, I used to spend as much time as possible at my friend Erika’s house. She was (and is!) an amazing friend, lived on a lake, cute boys lived next door, and I would literally spend 3 and 4 nights in a row at her house.

It was heaven.

And nearly every morning, we’d wake up to Erika’s mom (let’s call her “Connie”), exercising in her underwear.

I’d walk out of Erika’s room to get something to drink in the morning, and Connie would be sweating to the oldies in her bra and underwear.

I was totally startled the first few times, but Erika assured me that this was normal. And Connie wasn’t a bit self-conscious “It’s just like your swimsuit” she’d say.

It’s probably important to note that to this day, “Connie” denies exercising in her briefs – but I know what I saw.

Fast forward 18 years (can that be right?), and my body is a mess after having these kids. Most troublesome to me is my leg issue. I won’t bore you with medical jargon, but I have some killer veins and blood flow problems that will not be going away without surgery. In the meantime, my legs hurt.

Which leaves me with two options. Option 1 is to take motrin round the clock, wear my sexy compression hose and still be in pain most of the time.

Option 2 is to do intense exercise every single day. Not the taking the kids for a walk around the block or playing in the backyard kind of exercise. But – Jillian Michaels, 30-day-shred, I-might-die kind of exercise.

Jillian Michaels

Don’t let that smirk fool you. She’s going to kill us.

I started with option 1 – and tried to squeeze in some exercise every few days. But it wasn’t making a difference in how my legs felt. And those compression hose are so not fun. (It takes rubber gloves to get them on and off – no lie!)

So a few months ago, I decided to stop messing around and just start exercising every day. But with three kids this age, finding time to get my butt kicked by Jillian isn’t always easy.

Until I remembered Connie exercising in her underwear. And for some reason that made all the difference.

Now – as soon as my little darlins’ hit their beds, I race to the basement and turn on Jillian.

Then I strip down to my underwear, nearly die for 20 minutes, take a quick shower, put my regular clothes back on and move on with anything I was hoping to do with naptime.

I used to somehow take 45 minutes to change into my workout gear (check email, comment on blogs, mess around on facebook), which would oftentimes lead to someone waking up early from nap and me missing my workout.

But with my new exercising outfit, I haven’t missed a workout in weeks. And my legs haven’t hurt a single bit for over a month!

An added bonus? I’m not adding to my huge laundry pile by dirtying exercise clothes.

Thanks for being my inspiration Connie! I never would have thought to exercise in my underwear if it hadn’t been for you!

And since there’s no one home, I couldn’t get a picture of me exercising in my underwear. But – I’m pretty sure that I look something like this:

Exercising in my Underwear


  1. brooke adkins

    January 13, 2012 at 6:58 am

    oh my Im pretty sure I look just like that also lol … Im going to give this a Try!

  2. Jill

    January 13, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Lol!! Thanks for a great laugh this morning! I might just give this a try instead of my normal jammie routine. Glad I was able to nab one of those hot guys next door;)

  3. Sha

    January 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Oh my, “Connie” is going to LOVE this! and in “Connie’s” defense, I recall the sports bra, yes, but the undies…not so sure…that would have even scared me! (sorry “Connie”) so glad you made this into a post! I’ve been waiting for it 🙂

  4. Angie

    January 13, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Jillian Michaels is evil!!!!!

  5. sue

    January 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Ok, well that’s not what I would look like! LOL!

  6. Rondell

    January 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I never thought of that but hey, whatever works! Thanks Connie, I may have to try it:)

  7. Alyson L

    January 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    This is a fan-flipping-tastic idea, and I’m so glad it’s working for you! 🙂 I hope your kids continue to nap for a long time to come.

  8. Katie @ Newcomb Home

    January 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

    After grad school I lived with my parents for a moment (hey, it was a ‘transition’ time, no judging). My mom and I would wake up early and do Jillian together in our pajamas. Not quite as awesome as underwear but it had the same effect. I just rolled out of bed, grabbed a sports bra and was ready to go!

  9. Beth @ QueenBee

    January 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Your secret is out! No wonder you look so fabulous! I need to reacquaint myself with the 30 day Shred and Jillian Michaels…but I HATE her so much!!!

  10. Mom

    January 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Well, for sure you never saw anyone exercising in their underwear at home! (or exercising in anything actually) with Dad’s office next door and the guys coming in and out can you imagine? WoW!! That’s my perfect excuse for never exercising as you were growing up – I feel so much better about myself now. I think “Connie” was also your inspiration for living without clutter too wasn’t she? It’s a miracle I ever let you go back over there…..good thing I love “Connie” so much….more on that later.

  11. Rachel

    January 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    You always make me laugh! It really is a good idea, isn’t it? Especially with those Jillian workouts. Just thought I’d mention that I also had vein issues post-kids and had venous ablation–it worked like a charm and was SO worth it.

  12. Erika McCulloch

    January 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    OH MY!!!! This finally made the blog, I knew would come out someday!!! “Connie” couldn’t be happier!!! thanks for the great laugh today!!!

  13. Danee

    January 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Ummmm I caught my college roommate cleaning in the nude……does that help you?

  14. Connie

    January 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I feel I must set the record straight. It wasn’t ‘the oldies’ it was Gilad. And who would want to wear too many clothes around him as you exercise on the beaches of Hawaii. Aww, the good ole days. (I still say it was sports bra and shorts, but Anna dear, you stick with your story and I’ll stick with mine. Love you!)

  15. [email protected]

    January 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Oh, my lawdy. Freakin’ too much! Does it really make exercising better? And Could you see the Y Aerobics group in their underwear? What is THAT was a class…Scary thought, huh?

  16. sparkling74

    January 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I know what you mean about the time it takes to get on workout clothes. I don’t know why that is. It always seems to take less time to get them on at the gym, though.

    I’ve tried working out in my underwear and it just doesn’t work. I must distract myself with all of my gorgeous.

  17. [email protected]

    January 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Your posts get funnier by the day. I love that “Connie” stopped on by for her take on the story!

  18. Jennifer Ferrell

    January 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    hehehehe! Funny! I just may have to try it sometime! Thank goodness for blinds! lol
    Kindest regards,

  19. Jennifer Ferrell

    January 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Ah yes my friend Gilad. Unfortunately he was given away since I no longer have a vcr 😉

  20. angela

    January 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Love it! Best part I would think would be the lack of laundry!!!!

  21. Natasha

    January 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

    haha your newest follower

    would love it if you could share this on my link party


  22. Jennifer

    January 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    My luck the first time I’d try this a neighbor would come knocking on the door & then they see me zoom by through our “not-so frosted” front door window! Of course the problem wouldn’t be that they’d see me in my undies but man I’d hate for them to be insecure after they see my jillian michael’s bod;)

  23. Molly

    January 15, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Had to link to this. You crack me up! My mom did the same thing in the 80s working out with some guy named Gil who filmed his videos on the beach. That was a memory I totally forgot until I read your post. Thanks for the laugh!

  24. [email protected] in a Row

    January 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    This was funny – and I’m sure you look darling! Keep up the sweating!

  25. Tricia

    January 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

    This was too funny. I am having trouble getting back into the exercise routine…never thought about the gear being the issue.

  26. Jaime @ Queen of the Creek

    January 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Stopping by from COM… Such a cute post!!!

  27. Ellie

    January 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    LOL. Couldn’t stop laughing all through your post. Yes, I’ve exercised in my underwear too 🙂


  28. Johnlyn

    January 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Too funny!

    I love the picture. My sister just had surgery done for those veins. Not fun, but worth it to her.

    Maybe if I continue on with my primal diet, I’ll look like the lady in the picture! Well a girl can hope anyway.

  29. Rachel

    January 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I thought of you (not in a wierd way) but in a “I didn’t even realize it but I totally do this too” kind of way. You see, I normally work out at a gym. If I stay at home and try to work out, I think of 150 reasons why I shouldn’t work out but clean instead (well, really surf the internet, but cleaning sounded better). If I go to the gym, it’s normally frowned upon to workout in my underwear so I restrain myself, but today, we had 7 inches of snow, and yet another snow day so with three kids and a hubby at home, I was doing some sit ups and crunches (gurl), and realized before I knew it I was taking off my sexy sleeping sweatpants and in my undies…then I realized that ack, if I workout at home, I always end up in my skivies. Then I was like, ack, I’m just like Anna. So I named it and claimed it…I like to work out in my undies at home. There you have it.

  30. Hanni

    January 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Now I was laughing a lot.
    I also have a similar trick to make my excercise “unforgettable” and unavoidable. When I get home from work, I change my clothes, including my bra to a sport bra. The feel of wearing it always remembers me that I have a little something to do…

  31. Latisha

    January 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Too Funny! I think that all the hours I’ve spent blogging this year have gone to my hips. I’ll have to get my hands on one of those Jillian workouts! I will be stopping by your blog again.
    Latisha from

  32. cassey

    January 19, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I love this!!! New follower!

  33. nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma

    January 19, 2012 at 2:49 am

    I may have peed myself when you said Jillian is going to kill us.

  34. Clarissa

    January 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

    That is hilarious! And Jillian is going to kill us. I am doing 30 Day Shred for the second time (just had a baby and need to get back in shape). I am on day #2 and am begging my legs to let me use the stairs so I can go work out lol.

  35. Bioskin

    January 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Nicely written article. I like your perspective! I own an ecommerce store and have a newsletter I send out regularly and this is soemthing that I’ll be linking this article to. Keep the articles coming.. I’ve subscribed to your feed!

  36. Carrie

    January 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Absolutely Hilarious! I needed to see this today.. Now I’m off to go running in my underwear.. wait. That won’t be quite the same will it?… Just kidding.. I’ll put on pants..

  37. six sisters

    January 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Ha Ha! Thanks for your motivational story.

  38. six sisters

    January 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    We would love to have you come share this at our weekly link party every Saturday! -The Sisters

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  40. Mrs.B

    March 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Love, Love,Love it! 🙂
    & Way to Go for working out. I KNOW how difficult the choice to do it can be when raising kids.

  41. Abbie (Five days...5 ways)

    April 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

    This. is. funny!

    And totally brilliant too. Seriously, especially the laundry part.

    I’m an exercise instructor, so underwear only isn’t exactly an option (thank goodness), but at home, I can see this happening for sure! : )

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  43. April

    June 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Oh how I love Jillian!! And hate her all at the same time! lol And I am quite sure that’s how I look too!

  44. Emily

    July 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    That’s awesome! My exercise stuff is in the garage and my in-laws have a garage opener that they are not afraid to use…this could spell disaster for me.

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  47. Violet

    October 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    This. Is. GENIUS!

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  49. Amy

    January 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Someone called YOU fat?! That is not okay with me.

    Jillian’s workouts are the most life changing thing that one can do in less than thirty minutes a day. Watching my belly jiggle in my sports bra makes me work even harder.

    The first time I visited my future in-laws, I came out of the guest bedroom to investigate a strange noise at four am, and found my husband’s step-dad doing the elliptical in his saggy white briefs.

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