Cheese and Fear


I just finished reading Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson.

The book is about the different ways we approach change.

The four characters in the book are Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw. In the beginning of the story they are all happily living and eating in Cheese Station C.

Then the cheese disappears!

Sniff and Scurry noticed early on the cheese block was getting smaller so started looking for other cheese. When the cheese disappeared they were ready to leave Cheese Station C and go find more cheese. While looking they got lost, went down dead ends, got hungry, but they keep looking. Eventually they found new and better cheese!

Hem and Haw didn’t notice the cheese was disappearing until it was gone. They hung around and waited for more cheese to show up, got hungry, waited around, got hungrier, and spent a lot of time worrying. Eventually Haw ventured out to find more cheese, got lost, got hungry, was afraid to go on, wondered if he should go back to where Hem was waiting but eventually found new and better cheese!

Unfortunately, the story ends before we find out about Hem. I imagine he is still waiting for someone to come help him.

Think about your weight loss so far; are you a Sniff and Scurry or a Hem and Haw?

Losing weight entails changing lots of things like our thinking, food, routines, cooking style, etc. If we sit around like Hem hoping some kind of magic is going to happen we won’t lose weight. If we are a slow starter like Haw we are afraid to try something new but eventually find a way to lose weight and keep it off that will work for the rest of our life.

I challenge that we can be like Sniff and Scurry who look for change and take action.

If your “cheese” is to lose weight then you know what to do! Take action and do it.


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