Dear 43 Things Users,

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.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

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.

- The Robots.

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RuthG in Chicago is doing 24 things including…

slim down again

42 cheers


RuthG has written 8 entries about this goal

Surpassed target in the recent 5% challenge

Today was weigh-in for the Sparkpeople teams working on losing 5% of body weight during December-January. I am down 9.4 lbs, exceeding my goal! And down or the same in all measurements, most notably 1.5 inches off waist.

A new round of the 5% challenge will be running February-March. I’m definitely in! If it goes as well as this one has, I’ll end up very close to my goal weight.


Nearly 8 lbs down

since early December! I’ve been really sticking to morning exercise lately, & it has been easier to adhere to my recommended calorie range. The scale has been noticing & rewarding my efforts. :-)

About 14 more lbs & I will feel like my slim self again.

Movement at last.

I’m having fun with some new teammates in a Sparkpeople challenge, & it’s helping me to get to bed at a decent hour so I can get up & exercise in the mornings. Drinking lots of water too. The weight is starting to come off. Yay!

In January

I lost 4.8 pounds, & just under 4 inches.

More important, I have formed a sustainable habit of getting to bed at a decent hour & getting up in time to exercise.


Quick results

I’ve lost 3 pounds this week already, just by exercising & adhering to the “no-S’s”: no snacks, no sugary foods, no seconds, except on S days (Sunday, Saturday, special days like birthdays).

I won’t continue to lose at this rate, of course. Right now I’m dropping pounds added very recently; they hadn’t had time to become entrenched. :-)

Sparkpeople is overloaded!

I was amused just now to find that SP is a temporary victim of its own success: when I tried to get to my bootcamp team page, my browser tried & tried but couldn’t take me there. With the release of the SP book, The Spark, just before the new year, plus what are doubtless thousands of new members because of that book, or just because we all want a fresh start, PLUS many of us who were SP members already becoming more active at the start of the new year, it’s not at all surprising that the servers/bandwidth are overloaded & straining.

OK, so now I’ve succeeded. But I’m thinking about simple alternate plans if I ever can’t access the day’s workout video.

And I’m imagining the tech folks at SP headquarters running around (at least metaphorically) shouting “Good grief, what is happening?!”

I'm in the current Sparkpeople bootcamp,

which starts Sunday January 3. Last time I seriously bootcamped (last May) I lost something like 8 inches in just one month. It’s not onerous: do at least 30 cardio minutes 5 days a week, plus do a 10-minute strength-training video routine 6 days a week. There are bonus activities, mostly inspirational/motivational activities (Sunday’s is to record starting stats – weight, measurements – &/or specific goals for the month).

I ordered a stability ball (this will allow me to do certain PT exercises as well as some of the short routines) & a Leslie Sansone fast-walking DVD, & they arrived yesterday.

Yesterday morning my visiting sister & I walked briskly about 5 miles to the nearest Barnes & Noble, to get a copy of the new Sparkpeople book, The Spark. We had a great time walking/talking & made it in a little over an hour (came home on the train). What a fun way to express my newfound commitment to my body’s health & fitness!

Yep, it's time

This is my other “newly clearheaded” goal. I’ll be getting up early enough for long, brisk walks at least 6 days a week. We have agreed to scotch desserts except for weekends; I’ll be eating with decorous restraint otherwise, & if needed I’ll track nutrients at Sparkpeople again.

RuthG has gotten 42 cheers on this goal.


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