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Leah McSweeney in Bathing Suit Says "Bless Up"

Here’s how she stays fit.

Clothing designer and Real Housewives of New York star Leah McSweeney is in Jamaica. And she just shared a lot of stunning photos on Instagram, including one of herself in a pink swimsuit. McSweeney captioned the post, "A thirst trap and a slice of heaven in my fav place, with my fav people BLESS UP!" How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Leah McSweeney stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!


She Loves To Box

McSweeney revealed on the Bravo podcast, The Daily Dish, that she loves to box. She even says that boxing has helped her prepare for all the drama and craziness of being a Real Housewife. "I mean, it's such a psychological and mental strengthening exercise. It definitely helped me prepare."


She's Sober

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In an interview with Yahoo Life, McSweeney revealed that she was sober, and had thought about making the choice to do so for a while. She said that the pandemic and lockdowns helped her make the choice to get sober. "I realized that it was gonna just go so dark so quick," she says. "…It's very hard to drink in a light and fun way during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic when you're stuck at home, and people are dying everywhere. So yeah, I think that that kind of definitely put it in a full-speed stop."


Her Take on Fame

"I'm kind of the same [since becoming a Housewife]. I'm the same, but my life is a little different. It doesn't feel like anything is different, but I know it is. I am still shocked that people recognize me. I always think that it's someone I know when they're looking at me and they say, 'Hi'—like I know them from somewhere. Obviously, I think the show gave my life a boost. I needed a little boost and that's what it did. I will say that I am a lot busier than I have been in a while, but all good stuff," she told NewBeauty.


She Has a Book Coming Up About Mental Health

"I think that one of the best parts about being on the show has been being able to reach people and to have conversations about different topics, like mental health," she told NewBeauty. She was diagnosed with bipolar II. "I was stunned when it got brought up on the show. but in hindsight, I'm so happy it did. My book"—Chaos Theory: How to Embrace the Unexpected and Find Meaning in the Madness, coming out in April—"it's going to cover a lot of that stuff, too. I feel like we have been in a collective mental health crisis…our world is upside down on so many levels, but I think that the conversation has been brought to the forefront. There's still so much stigma around it, though. I think we still have a long way to go."


She Has Done Anti-Workouts

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"I just started posting these little work out videos to help me motivate myself to work out," McSweeney, 37, told Page Six. "I called them 'anti-influencer' workouts because I am not a fitness influencer nor do I care to be." These "non-workout workouts" involve yoga poses, too. "I'm not a professional," she told us. "I'm just a regular chick trying to not let herself go during the quarantine."

Anna Bechtel
Anna Bechtel is a freelance writer currently based in Hamden, CT. Read more
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