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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

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As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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bermudamohawk will sporadically be on PopClogs as "bermuda"

lose weight (read all 146 entries…)
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This morning I stepped on the scale and, yet again, I was unhappy. That ugly number crept back up into the 150s and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Funny how that happens when you stop exercising and eating well.

I thought to myself, “how am I going to break this cycle?” Then, as if an answer from God, I saw that a couple of my Facebook friends (friends from grade school who I haven’t seen in about 15 years) were starting a FB weight loss challenge. Made up of a hodgepodge of their friends, the challenge will go from June 1st to mid September, and the person with the greatest BMI loss will win (we’ll all throw $10 in the pot, so the winning amount has yet to be determined). I’m so excited! I did the math and I need to lose 22-25 lbs to reach my goal weight. I don’t expect to lose that all in 15 weeks (106 days) but I suppose it IS possible… that’s an average of 1.67 lbs a week. That would take my BMI from 24.9 to 20.8 – wow! The more I think about it, the more excited I get!

I had another thought, too. Once I reach my goal weight, I need to mark this goal “done.” I’ll then start a new goal: maintain my current weight. If I keep this goal once I reach my goal weight (see how positive I am right now, I will reach that goal) then I’m afraid it will allow me to think it’s OK to balloon back up again. And that’s NOT OK.

Ideas of how to reach my goal weight:

  • make healthy foods readily available. cut up fruits and veggies, portion foods into servings, keep low-cal granola bars (and the like) on hand.
  • count calories again. all day, every day. I can now log my food intake on my computer AND my phone… should be a piece of cake fruit.
  • fight the notion that variety is the spice of life (or that variety is the spice of food). when I first lost a significant amount of weight, there was a lot of repetition in my diet (oatmeal for breakfast, fruit for snacks, lean cuisine for lunch) and it worked! on the other hand…
  • have LOTS of workout options. get a new workout video or find something new OnDemand. buy punch cards for a few different workout classes. forget excuses of boredom… do whatever it takes to fit in regular workouts (5-7 days a week).
  • WALK TO WORK. I’ve been getting lazy again. there really are no excuses for this. it’s basically summertime and the weather’s perfect for commutes on-foot.

I’m tired of saying that I’m tired of saying that I’m tired of this constant struggle. I know I can be healthy. I’ve done it before and I will do it again. I’m ready.



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