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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SurlyAardvark in St. Louis is doing 35 things including…

eat only when hungry and stop when pleasantly full, thus divorcing myself from my greed for food

4 cheers


SurlyAardvark has written 4 entries about this goal

God is good

I’m starting every day with my most important exercise, namely, getting on my knees and praying for Jesus to rewire me and remind me to turn to him. He’s gracious and I’m losing weight while knowing him more, which is the real benefit.

I'm definitely getting a feel for this

though I don’t always wait until hunger and obey it, I believe that I’m getting better at it in some regard. The “No Fries for 30 Days” goal has helped toward that end, I believe.

Someone once said, "Hunger is the best sauce." and I agree

It’s weird that when I wait until I’m actually hungry, my food tastes better than when I don’t. When I eat deliberately, it’s more enjoyable. Go figure.

What? do I think I’m not going to have enough? I’m not going to have another chance at food anytime soon enough? that there’s gonna me a shortage? Sheesh, desperate attempts at satisfaction/contentment/joy through food is kinda sad.

Now, why can’t I remember this stuff when I want my fries?

I'm working on it.

It’s hard to not be selfish and eat as much as I desire in my head, ignoring my body’s instruction.

I want what I want when I want it to whatever degree of quantity I can take. Though that would seem to be the recipe for freedom and happiness, it’s led to my being 54 pounds overweight. Some freedom. Maybe instead, (with the grace of God active in my life) by giving up my “rights” to have whatever whenever and listening to my ACTUAL hunger mechanism, I’ll gain freedom from compulsion and greed in regard to food. Accustomed excess is slavery of a whole different kind, ain’t it? Pray for me that in my day to day living, God’s influence and grace would increase and I, as a result, will decrease.

SurlyAardvark has gotten 4 cheers on this goal.


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