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.

Export My Content

luinel in Whitewater is doing 29 things including…

lose 90 pounds

3 cheers


luinel has written 8 entries about this goal


i just realized that i’m over a quarter of the way to goal. It doesn’t feel like i’ve gotten very far yet, with this newest push (i’ve been following the Couch to 5k program), but i am making progress. It certainly makes me feel good about myself after so many years where nothing seemed to help at all.

/woot results!

So today i weighed myself before Bible study and i have lost one pound! That may not sound like a lot, but i was so sore on Tuesday and have been eating so much junk (even though i am eating better as a rule i’m still being too lax with my diet) that i was sure that i would probably gain weight this week and start to lose next week. i’m so happy and already psyched to run tomorrow (Week 1, Day 3). i need to get some sleep; it’s been a long day. It was so weird, i was trying not to fall asleep in class a couple of times but at the same time i felt more energetic today, like there was more umph in my step and the weight of my messenger bag wasn’t enough to bother me anymore. i can hardly wait for my weigh in next week. (:

time to get serious again

My weight has gradually crept back up to 241. Granted, that isn’t the 260+ pounds that i once peaked at, but it is still far, far, too high. i would like to say that some of it is muscle that i have developed from taking seven flights of stairs two times a week while hauling thirty extra pounds in the form of books, but i’m not sure that it’s true. i think that my core has been getting stronger, but either way, my weight needs to go down.

i’ve been reading the blog Half of Me (just remodeled and renamed PastaQueen, which is really the nickname of the author) and procrastinating for months. i don’t think that i want to go on the South Beach Diet (i have issues with not being allowed to eat food made by God and being required to substitute items such as fake sugar), but i know that i need to start working out again and lose lots and lots of weight. i love my body too much to stay this weight, i need to get back under 200 at the least, i’ve been hanging out up here way too long (nearly eight years ): ).

So today i looked into one of the things she did, which was start running, and set a goal to do that myself. Now i know that i am not going to be able to start running flat out right away (i’m not that stupid): what she did was the Couch to 5k program, and today i did too (at the worst time of the day, too: two in the afternoon). What i read is that you should really jog it, and i tried, i really did. i started out too energetic, speedwalking for my warmup when i should have started at a slower pace, and used up too much energy at the beginning. It was a good start, but i know i’m not there yet; for one thing, i couldn’t run the full 60s straight, and had to slow down my walk periods, and for two or three of my run periods all i could do was speedwalk again. However, i did get a good workout, didn’t injure myself, and God was kind enough to bless me with a cool breeze once i started getting overheated.

This is my beginning point. i don’t want anyone to see me running, i don’t want a work out partner to bounce along with, i just want to focus on breathing and not breaking an ankle (lol). With fifteen and a half weeks until the end of year i might be able to get to my ultimate goal (that would be losing five pounds a week) but i am going to aim for about half of that weighing in at 200 pounds. Giving up Coca-Cola didn’t help me lose weight, but i am going to try to limit my intake. My goal is also to stop eating as much processed food and eat more natural and organic foods instead (which actually was also a goal for me last year, but i’m still working on it). Anyways, i need to take a shower, do some laundry, and get back to the homework.

holding steady

i’ve lost 35 pounds, and have stayed here for a while, it’s time to make another great effort i guess. i walked the dogs today, and went longboarding, but i’m more recharged than i expected. Last time i went walking i was exhausted, this time i’m so uplifted. My goal is to lose another 25 pounds before the end of the summer, but we’ll see how it goes.

yay! more pounds lost!

So i weighed myself this week, and now i’m down nearly forty pounds. i desperately need to get a new profile photo, cuz i’m sure that i don’t look the same way now as i did at Blume in Kansas City (which is my current one). My back is bothering me less and i have a ton of energy (in fact i’ve developed insomnia, which kinda stinks). Reaching the 200 mark and getting below it doesn’t feel quite so far away anymore. I can’t wait til i reach my goal!

still coming off, slowly but surely

Last time i weighed myself it was another five pounds lost, but i wouldn’t be surprised if it’s getting closer to ten now. i’m going to wait another week to find out, though, because i don’t want to obsess about it. i’m now wearing pants that i haven’t fit into in over six months and am having to wear a belt with old pants. Hopefully by Christmas i’ll be able to get some old clothes out of storage and they will fit again (i haven’t been able to wear them in years). (:


Weighed myself today for the first time in over a month, and i have lost twenty pounds! i’ve lost at least two inches on my waist, i’m not sure how much elsewhere, and i can’t wait to lose more. I still feel too heavy and my back and legs are still bothering me, but it’s a start. i’m so happy, but really, really want to lose more.

slow progress

i started walking every day and gained ten pounds, so now i need to lose 100 pounds, not 90. i can’t believe that i weighed 260, i’ve never broken 250 before. But i am making slow progress by trying to do something active and/or aerobic every day. i think that i’ve lost fifteen pounds (bringing me down to 245) but i’m not sure that i trust the scale (it’s a different one than the one i usually use). So i need to drink more water, continue to cut back on soft drinks and junk food, and make sure i exercise several times a week. i will do this, i will lose the weight if it kills me… i can’t keep living at this weight, it’s unreal and so not who i want to be / feel that i am inside. i don’t want to be skinny, i just want to be healthy, a little ripped if possible, like Michelle Rodriguez. But i have a long way to go.

luinel has gotten 3 cheers on this goal.


I want to:
43 Things Login