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Wooping the Holidays


Next week is Thanksgiving here in the states, and then we move full time into the Holiday Season! It’s happening fast!!

This time of year is always tough for people who struggle with obesity, for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is all the tempting treats around! So I wanted to take some time and talk about what we can do to prepare for the holidays so we don’t gain any weight. 

I recently discovered a process called WOOP, which stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle and Plan. Listen in as Marchelle and I use this process to plan for success during our holiday seasons, and then you can WOOP your holidays too!

Episode Highlights:

(07:23) One study showed that people gain just one pound over the holiday season, but that one pound never comes off! So if you gain a pound a year between 30 and 60, that means you are 30 pounds heavier by the time you hit 60 than you were at 30, purely from indulging in holiday treats. Frankly I believe most people gain more than that, as this was just one small study. 

(10:00) To handle the holidays, we’re going to use a process called WOOP, which is based on 20 years of research done by a scientist named Gabriele Oettingen. WOOP stands for; Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan. Gabrielle has a website called, where she trains you how to do this. I would recommend you listen to this episode and then go to her website as well.

(23:53) The plan is an “if”, and “then”. So you think about what you can do to overcome your obstacle. You name an action that you can take or a thought you can think that would overcome the obstacle.


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