All the right moves
Professional dancer, mum, wife, and now the newest judge on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing... meet Motsi Mabuse!
Her younger sister, Oti, has been a pro dancer on the celebrity show for five years, so it seems to run in the family. Motsi says she’s overjoyed to be joining judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas. "I have so much admiration for the other three judges," she says, "and hope to add my own sparkle!"
WW fits into Motsi's busy schedule
When she’s not appearing on Saturday night TV screens, Motsi is also a judge on German talent show Let’s Dance, and runs her own dance school back home in Germany with her pro dancer husband, Evgenij. They have a young daughter too, so teamwork is essential in managing the demands of Motsi’s busy schedule – and WW is a key part of the team! Motsi says WW helps her maintain a balanced diet, while also giving her the power to keep on top of all her roles.
Since giving birth in 2018, she’s lost 2st 2lb and is feeling great. Growing up in South Africa, Motsi remembers her mum and grandmother following WW. "They loved it," she says. "Plus, one of my idols, Oprah Winfrey, represents WW." And with endorsements like that, it’s no wonder that after her pregnancy, Motsi decided to join WW.
"I love that I don't have to deny myself anything"
"I knew from the very start that WW was exactly my kind of thing," Motsi says. "The programme was flexible and fitted around my daily life. Following my pregnancy, I needed time to get back in shape. It was important for me that there wasn’t pressure to lose weight quickly. With WW, I could decide the pace I wanted to lose weight at."
As new mothers know, it can take a while to re-establish a routine, so this kind of flexibility is a great help. Motsi has also become more conscious of how she handles her time. "I set clear boundaries and priorities. My child comes first."
When she’s out and about, Motsi enjoys snacking on ZeroPoint™ foods, especially fresh fruit and veg, and uses the WW app to quickly check her SmartPoints Budget. At home, salmon is one of her favourites. "I love the fact that on the plan I don’t have to deny myself anything," she says.
"WW takes the needs of breastfeeding mums into consideration"
Eating a balanced diet is important for Motsi, not just because as a dancer she has to stay fit and healthy, but also to benefit her little girl.
"Because I’m breastfeeding, I want to take care of my nutrition to make sure my daughter also gets everything she needs," she says. "I have complete trust that WW takes the needs of breastfeeding mums into consideration."
Motsi jokes that they often eat the same foods – chopped carrots for Mum and puréed carrots for her daughter!
"Be proud of the strides you've already made"
As well as a balanced diet, Motsi believes that embracing a calm, positive mindset is important for balance in life generally. "Accept where you stand, with your next step in view, and be proud of the strides you’ve already made."
The theme of self-love is something close to her heart too. "I want to teach my daughter the value of self-esteem," Motsi explains.
And thanks to WW, she’s happy with her body again. "It feels strong," she says. Like her own attitude to life, in fact.
Why Motsi recommends WW for mums:
1. Because WW is a balanced diet, the whole family can enjoy eating healthily together.
2. Forget rushing to achieve the ‘post-baby body’; with WW, you can tailor your goals to your individual needs.
3. WW is holistic: it’s not just about learning better nutrition but also working on a healthy attitude and being more active.
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