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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Blobina's Life List

  1. 1. Record an album
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  2. 2. move to italy
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  3. 3. win an oscar
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  4. 4. Do the A-Z author challenge
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  5. 5. go to egypt
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  6. 6. get excommunicated
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  7. 7. play a blackjack tournament
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  8. 8. get into the Guinness Book of World Records
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  9. 9. Buy a House
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  10. 10. Write a letter to the editor to a newspaper or magazine about an issue that touches me
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  11. 11. play a round of golf
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  12. 12. Send a message in a bottle
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  13. 13. Go on a safari
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  14. 14. Visit Japan
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  15. 15. Get a book published
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  16. 16. learn italian
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Shower in a waterfall.

Mina Falls in pUerto Rico- awesome!

have a flat stomach
Exercise (obviously) and eat well

I cut out all processed foods (but ate whatever I wanted, including fats like olive oil and raw sugars) and alcohol, drank a ton of water, did a bunch of sit ups and that was basically that.

Lose 10 pounds (read all 2 entries…)
Your nutrition bible (below)

STOP CALORIE COUNTING PEOPLE! I did this (with ease) by cutting out all processed food from my diet. I did not count calories. I ate full fat foods. I ate proper portions, yes, and only until I was full, but no calorie allowances and NO DIET ANYTHING!
Here’s the deal:
While I believe in good exercise, about 45 minutes- 1 hour of walking a day (I have a dog) was really all I did. No gym. I barely even broke a sweat. Sometimes, when the mood strikes me, I’d throw in some sit-ups, but rarely.
No processed anything. That means: do not eat anything that has been “improved upon” by the ridiculously gross food industry in America. Specifically, no added hormones (rgbh in dairy products, god only knows what in meat products). I ate certified organic food that said on the label that no hormones were added. I ate a lot of fresh produce that was certified organic, and I ONLY ate produce that was in season (I don’t know what the hell they are doing to strawberries in winter, but they taste like paste to me). No processed sugar, no bleached or processed flour, and NO UNNATURAL, PROCESSED FATS or oils. Basically, the rule of thumb is that if you can make it in your house, out of things that grow directly from the ground, you can eat it. That includes: olive oil (NOT BLENDED EVER) and nut oils, occasionally a dab of organic butter, ORGANIC ICE CREAM (yes I said it), raw sugar, honey, whole wheat flour, meat, raw cheese, milk without hormones, etc.
It DOES NOT include: diet foods of any kind, white sugar, white rice, white flour (all soaked in bleach and refined- disgusting), any fruits or vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides or treated with hormones or genetically altered, meat or dairy injected with hormones, etc. You get the idea.
Your body needs carbs. Your body needs fats. Your body needs to eat more than two meals a day. YOU MUST DRINK A LOT OF WATER ALSO.
Ideally, cutting out alcohol is a good idea, but a glass of wine here or there won’t kill you. I tried to cut out coffee by switching to green tea and it worked some days, but I love my joe :).
I am actually considering starting a nutrition blog based on my experience, because I see so many people struggling with nutrition issues and it is very VERY simple to lose weight. Unfortunately, no one will explain this to you because the food industry is organized around turning a profit.
Just think of it like this: If it didn’t exist in the world one hundred years ago, you probably shouldn’t be eating it. Your body is a temple. Do not fill it with plastics and chemicals, bleach and hormones. Give it food full of vitamins and keep it healthy!! Know where your food comes from and how it arrives to your plate. Buy organic for both your own health and that of our planet.

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