Until now, losing weight has been about feeling better. But, after a recent visit to my doctor, losing weight has become mandatory. So, instead of treating my weight loss like a ‘side-project’, I’m going to have to treat it like the “most important thing in my life”. Why? Well, the doc says that my sleep apnea is pretty severe and that the only way to improve my sleeping will be to lose weight, and a lot of it. I need to lose 40 pounds, and I need to lose it pronto. My doc prescribed some Lunesta so that I can get some sleep, but he’s also suggested a strict diet an a strict exercise regimen. Needless to say, all caffeine and simple sugars must go out the door. Lots of healthy fruit, vegetables and lean meat. No late night snacking. In other words, every bad habit that I’ve struggled with for the last 15 years, I’ve got to figure out how to change. I’m still down almost 20 pounds this year, and that’s encouraging, but I’ve got to keep going. I need to decrease my calories, increase my exercise, and really, really focus.