If 2020 taught us anything, it was a lesson in truly learning to appreciate the good things in life. Friends, family, and finding the joy where we can. One of those joyful things was Motsi Mabuse.
Returning to the judging panel on Strictly Come Dancing, her enthusiasm, warmth and humour lifted an entire nation. Now, she’s starting her 2021 with something a little different. Motsi has just been announced as a celebrity ambassador for WW (Weight Watchers reimagined), launching the #WWResolutionsRewritten campaign, which encourages people to think about and share how they plan to make 2021 a really positive year, starting with a renewed focus on health and wellbeing.
We spoke to Motsi about her goals for the year ahead, getting fit for her 40th birthday in April, and the terror of bodyweight workouts.
Motsi lives in Germany with her husband Evgenij Voznyuk and their two-year-old daughter.
What was the biggest lesson you learned in 2020? It just confirmed what I already knew, I think. Like the importance of being nice to yourself and being nice to each other. Less social media, more time outside. Falling in love with my daughter daily. I can't tell you what it meant for us to be able to spend that time with her. I've learned how much I love our dance school, and how I want to keep it going.
You're such an upbeat person. What keeps you positive? Life! Shirley [Ballas] asked me the same question recently and I was like: “Shirley, what keeps me positive is that I'm so involved in and so passionate about what I do.” I love what I do and I'm so deeply thankful for it all. I see myself as this girl from South Africa who’s been allowed to experience all of these things, and it’s just amazing. I'm living my dream. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but the goal is finding that happiness in the dream you wanted.
Have you made any resolutions for 2021? My goal is ‘40 and fabulous’! I'm starting a health challenge with WW from the sixth of January with workouts and healthy eating. I know people sometimes drop out of something like that early on, they start and give up but I'll have my own WW community so I won't be alone. I can plan my meals and keep an eye on everything with the help of the myWW+ app.”
What spurred you on to do this now? I feel like it's time. My child is two years old and I was completely her mum all that time. Obviously I work but I was devoted to her, and I think it’s time for me now. I'm there for my husband, my child, my school, and Strictly, and now I'm going to be there for me in 2021!
When you’re working out, what do you most like to do? I love going on my cross trainer. This year because of COVID I got a personal trainer because I needed some motivation. It was really good and she absolutely killed me! Honestly. But we didn't do cardio. We did more of a bodyweight workout out - it was awful! But you could see the difference very quickly. And that's what you want when your body is changing.
What do you want to achieve this year? To be honest, I want to achieve balance. I still feel like that’s an issue for me. There's so many projects, and so many to get excited about and then do everything. That's my hope for 2021 that I do find the correct balance for my family and for me. 2020 was an awful year and 2021 should be really about how to be mentally strong. And also for more self love than last year!
What little things really lift you up? Having great communication with my husband helps me a lot. And my two best friends, who I don’t know what I’d do without. Working out lifts me up too, but sometimes I get obsessed, and when that happens I stop. I love to listen to music, and I’m addicted to travelling - but not in the last year, as we haven’t been able to. Some people give their money out for the Gucci but we spend our money on seeing the world. It gives so much back and lifts me up.
Motsi Mabuse has joined WW as their new ambassador. Join Motsi and start your own weight loss and wellness journey with WW – Weight Watchers Reimagined. To sign up to myWW+ go to ww.com.
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