There was a Sci-fi series in the 90’s called Babylon 5. Always late to the party, I binge watched it in 2011. In 2012, I adopted a chihuahua and named him G’kar (pronounced: juh-car), after the loveable warrior with a temper from Babylon 5.

For the last four years, I’ve walked past this beautiful house on my morning walk with G’kar. It’s in this cool, iconic part of  San Francisco. It’s a Victorian style home, with intricate details on the exterior and I’ve always wondered what it would be like to live there.

About a year ago, I noticed just how many stairs led up to the house and I thought, maybe I wouldn’t want to live there. Those people have to carry their groceries up all of those steps.

About a month ago, I was climbing up the steps up to my apartment and I had the stark realization that I was climbing twice as many steps as I would be climbing if I lived in the Victorian home with the intricate details on the exterior.

It took me an entire year to realize this.

I was so used to climbing the stairs in my own home that I hardly realized I was even doing it—it had become a part of my lifestyle.

Honestly, I kind of hate it when fitness pros and diet “gurus” talk about making “lifestyle changes.” It’s cliché. It’s not helpful. It perpetuates the good vs bad foods conversation that I so hate. (It only leads to punishment, people!)

But here’s what I took away from the great stair realization of 2017:

We take on the challenges that we don’t have a choice about with far less resistance than the challenges we feel we have to choose. As such, we hardly view the challenges in front of us as challenges at all.

Perception is everything.

What if you could carry this over to your relationship with food?What if every meal was simply the meal in front of you and you rolled with it?

It’s a bit of an esoteric concept, but it’s definitely an interesting exercise in examining your eating psychology.

Think about it. (And if you have thoughts on it, I would love to hear from you. Contact me here or email me at hello@ericamariewalters.com)