Andri & Mo: ‘There’s so much freedom to eat the food we love’
When they’re not busy with their jobs in East London schools Andri and Mo pack their free time with fun stuff. But a holiday last summer proved to be a wellness wake-up call.
‘I was scrolling through the pictures to post on social media, but couldn’t find one I was happy with,’ says Andri. ‘All my clothes looked tight. I felt frumpy, overweight and disappointed in myself. It was time to take action, and bring Mo – who was also overweight – along for the ride.’
Despite initial reservations, joining WW proved to be the start of a whole new adventure for the couple. They threw themselves into their get-healthy journey with gusto and soon discovered that living a healthier lifestyle – whatever colour plan you’re on – doesn’t mean you have to give up the things you love.
We’d just got back from two amazing trips to abroad and I was scrolling through the pictures to post on social media, but couldn’t find one I was happy with. All my clothes looked tight. I felt frumpy, overweight and disappointed in myself. It was time to take action. It had been a shock to realise I weighed more than 15st at my first Workshop, as I’d never bothered to weigh myself. But by the end of the Workshop, I was feeling so positive that I went home on a real high – but I also felt anxious about Mo. He’d been doubtful about me joining WW, and I was worried I’d suffer a crisis of willpower at mealtimes if he was sitting opposite me with his plate piled high with pasta. So I was delighted when he downloaded the WW app and agreed to go to my Workshop with me – it meant we were in it together!
We knew we hadn’t been looking after our health, but after joining WW, everything changed. It’s easy to make excuses when you’re busy, but we realised that while having fun is a priority, so is looking after our bodies, and we can do both!
Andri and I are supporting one another on this journey, but the best thing is that we still get to enjoy adventures and have a lot of fun. Getting healthier hasn’t changed any of that – if anything, it’s given us extra energy to enjoy it even more.
After successfully losing weight and getting closer to goal we were excited to try the new plans and both started out on Green. All three plans are so versatile and flexible and can fit around your everyday life, occasions and meals out, so it was just a case of finding the right one for us. Green didn’t really work out for me – but it does for Mo. So I switched to Purple and it’s all clicked into place. On Purple, I’ve learned that you can eat carbs and lose weight! This is why Purple works for me – I’m sticking with it and aiming for goal.
The biggest selling point of the new plans is their flexibility. There is so much freedom to eat the foods you love – there’s something for everyone. I’ve learned so much about my body and what works for me and am looking forward to continuing to enjoy the WW experience on Green, especially with Andri by my side.