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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sdhulagirlie in San Diego is doing 7 things including…

lose 60 pounds


sdhulagirlie has written 1 entry about this goal

I've lost 80 pounds since 2003

It took several years to do… I still have a ways to go before I reach my goal weight. I would still like to lose another 40 pounds. It’s not impossible to lose large amounts of weight- there are some tricks to it.
A good first step is to make goals for yourself. Your target weight (or you main goal related to it, like being able to fit in some of your older clothes, for example) should be at the top of the list. Underneath it you should make smaller goals that will lead up to your main goal. It’s important to stay motivated, so surrounding yourself with encouraging people in positive settings will always help.
Lifestyle changes are usually also in order. Whether it’s watching less tv and taking a walk instead or bike riding to work 3 times a week, make getting at least 20-30 minutes of exercise a daily part of your routine. The more sedentary you are- the harder it will be for the weight to come off. Stay hydrated. Drink 8-10 8oz glasses of water a day. The water will help you flush more toxins out of your body and encourages weight loss.
Contrary to popular opinion, eating only once or twice a day will only slow down your metabolism, instead of speeding it up. Your body needs fuel to function. It’s much better to eat several small healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. You will retrain your body to spend the calories you put in to it, instead of storing them away. When you don’t eat enough or don’t eat at regular intervals, your body goes into starvation mode and begins trying to store fat. To determine how many calories you need in a day, first you need to figure out your Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR. A lot of fitness sites offer BMR calculators nowadays. Your local gym can also help you find yours.
Remember to keep your goals realistic and to stay positive! Healthy weight loss is from 1-2 pounds a week. In the beginning of a new diet plan you may lose more because of water weight. Get as much support as you can, and keep track of what you eat (especially in the beginning) so you can see where you might be needing to make some changes. It’s very easy to snack without thinking about it so if you are one of those people then writing down everything you eat will really help you to stop and think about just how many calories you are putting in without even thinking about it.
Hope some of these tips help! I had to find them out along the way. :)


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