Influencer Bree Lenehan shares powerful message about achieving the 'perfect body'

Bree Lenehan exposed the realities of social media on Instagram. (Photo via Instagram/breeelenehan)
Bree Lenehan opened up about trying to achieve the "perfect body." (Photo via Instagram/breeelenehan)

Bree Lenehan is getting real about the "perfect body."

On Wednesday, the body positive influencer took to Instagram to share a video documenting the harsh realities of doing "whatever it takes" to have a "smaller body."

The clip showed Lenehan exercising, crying, and turning down social invitations set to the song "You're On Your Own, Kid" by Taylor Swift.

The on-screen text read: "POV: you're doing whatever it takes to achieve the 'perfect body.'"

"I gave my blood, sweat and tears for this," she continued. "I said no to parties, and starved my body like I'd be saved by a 'perfect body.'"

In the caption, Lenehan urged her fans not to "miss out on years of making memories, saying yes to invitations, eating out and having fun because you don’t like the way you look or you’re too busy dieting, exercising and removing yourself from temptation to enjoy your life."

The social media star also expressed how important it is to change your mindset when looking for body neutrality and peace.

"If you base your happiness around something as ever-changing as your body, you will forever be on the rollercoaster of body obsession and shame," Lenehan continued. "Changing your body won’t fix your body image. Rewiring your mindset and the way your speak to yourself will!"

"It’s possible to live a healthy, balanced, flexible lifestyle without going to extremes. It’s possible to feel confident in your skin even if it looks different to the beauty standards. I promise," she concluded.

In the comments, fans thanked the influencer for her commitment to challenging beauty standards.

"Thanks, Bree. This is hugely impactful," a fan commented.

Someone else added: "This is so true. Having fun and taking control of life is so rewarding!"

"Wow, this is amazing!" another chimed in. "Thank you for always spreading positive messages and helping us accept bodies as they are: perfectly imperfect!"

"I needed to see this," a follower commented.

In August, Lenehan got real with her followers about posed versus candid photos, and reminded people to not "compare" themselves to what they see on social media.

"Just a friendly reminder not to compare yourself to others. If you see someone at the beach online, you’re probably seeing their favourite photo out of hundreds (a.k.a. what the left photos represent)," she captioned the post. "But if you see them in real-time at the beach, you’d more likely see the right-side version."

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