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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Meticulous May -
Challenge description:

Log your food and activity throughout May!

Another LoseIt challenge that I joined – and am doing! lol

Summer Slimdown (5 Pound Challenge) -
The goal of this challenge:

Is to lose 5 pounds before summer.

I joined a day or two ago and since then I have lost two pounds. They define “Summer” as June 21st. The individual goal is just to lose as much as you can before that date. :)

175 days of Me. (read all 7 entries…)

Food: 1286
Exercise: 418
Net: 868

Went for a run, got A LOT done in the house. In a WRETCHED amount of pain. :(

175 days of Me. (read all 7 entries…)

Food: 1228
Over calorie budget by 17, I am okay with that. lol
Joined two Loseit challenges – Summer Slimdown (5 pound challenge) and Meticulous May!
No real workout, but I did grocery shop!

175 days of Me. (read all 7 entries…)

Food: 1438
Exercise: -546
Net: 892

Went to the track with my wife. We start together and then I run while she completes her laps. When I was done I wrapped around to meet her and found her picking wild blackberries.

lose 50 pounds (read all 3 entries…)

12.5 pound down. I is so going to happen!

175 days of Me. (read all 7 entries…)
3 of 175

(Yesterday, but my app was giving me a problem!)
Great day! Two workouts happened: 40 minutes of intervals and then a 30 minute walk with my wife.
Food was ON POINT all day. :)

lose 50 pounds (read all 3 entries…)
10.9 down

Today 173.6! Keeping a running track here and not on the individual goals. From now on at least. I started at 184.3 – so 10.9 pounds down!!!

Lose 10 pounds (read all 2 entries…)

Thankfully not only am I losing the weight I am feeling better!!! A lot.

175 days of Me. (read all 7 entries…)
2 of 175

Another pretty good day. I still have 120 something calories leftover, but I’m not sure I will use them.
No workout, but still. Church this morning, and a meeting afterword. We had Subway for lunch. No official nap, but I snoozed a twee.
Tomorrow I run again, and weigh in. :)
Update: I added a protein to dinner and two spearmint hard candies to hit my goal on the nose!!!

read my bible daily (read all 3 entries…)
Glo Bible

I downloaded the Glo app a while back and just started reading on it. It’s not an everyday thing, but is it a most days. I am working on making it an everyday thing. I also have The Story Bible on my kindle which I am starting… Now! Goodnight!

make more art (read all 5 entries…)
Happening now!

Seriously. I’ve been making a lot more art and as soon as I get my kitchen re-cleaned things are really going to explode. Don’t worry, I will totes post it!!!

Get more sleep (read all 7 entries…)
Uh, change in plans.

Four years this goal has been on my 43things. A lifetime this has been a problem. As a baby I never slept for more than a few hours a night and I was up all day. My mom would always say, “You’re the last one down and the first one up!”
Night comes and suddenly nothing I did matters, I am awake and artistically I am incredibly productive. So I have a plan. I am going to take naps. That’s right. If I sleep less than six hours at night I am planning a 90 minute nap in the early afternoon.
Yep, that’s the plan!

175 days of Me. (read all 7 entries…)
1 of 175

Today was probably, in most opinions, not the best day to start a shift in lifestyle. However, I’ve learned to move when the movement strikes. It struck last night. I’m tired, I’m sick and I am in pain. None of that is going to change unless I change it and the only way to change it is to MOVE.
Today I ate good, not great due to the fact that it was our anniversary and we went to dinner. Still, I ate good all day and had no “snacks” or sugary things. I went for a run, ran 3.55 miles in 41 minutes. Netted 1,199 calories (1,667 total calories) which is 9 over my daily goal of 1,190. I’m happy.
For dinner I had a taste of the chili and ordered the veggie melt with fries. I am satisfied, not full or stuffed. For the first time in long time I don’t feel completely rotten (dizzy, pukey, gross or swollen.) My pain level is at a 7-8; skin is tender, hotspots in my shoulder blades are very sensitive. I know that weight loss doesn’t cure it, but eating right and working out does help.
I am also going to try to nap each day. For full details you can check out that goal. :)

175 days of Me. (read all 7 entries…)
175 days?

Yep. 175 days, 25 weeks, half a year. Clean eating, tracking, moving and returning to who I want to be!

Lose 10 pounds (read all 2 entries…)

Gross, stupid, failure. I said them and now I release them. I am changing it now, while I am still 70 pounds down from where I started four years ago.
Yesterday I was 184.3 – today I am changing…

lose 50 pounds (read all 3 entries…)
50? How does that happen?

How do you get so far from where you want to be? I will tell you this: I don’t know, but I hate it. I am going to set out to change it. 10 pounds at a time.

workout six days a week
New plan:

My wife has been AWESOME and working out with me. I am going to try to get this to happen SIX days a week. This is what I am thinking:

Monday – Total Gym workout (15-30 minutes)
Tuesday – Walk/Jog (30-60 minutes)
Wednesday – Total Gym workout (15-30 minutes)
Thursday – Walk/Jog (30-60 minutes)
Friday – Total Gym workout (15 minutes) Walk/Jog (30 minutes)
Saturday – Walk/Jog (60-90 minutes)

Of course all this depends on her schedule, but I have a great, blessed feeling!

Clean up my 43Things account and start using this tool!!!
Incase you can't tell...

I have been busy working through my 43Things list. It has 15 things on it as of right now. (I am about to add a 16th thing!) I am feeling pretty good and very motivated! Sunday was a big deal for me and I am going to change my life. No more planting seeds in bad soil or near thorns. No more allowing junk to make me feel crowded and unhappy! It will all serve the Lord, and my life will be happy. Here we go!

Down size everthing!
This will happen. I will overcome the clutter!

Seriously, I have no idea how long ago I added the goal of “Down size everything!” but I should have named it “Down size everything – TWICE!” because I down size and still have TOO much!

Here is my list:
Art supplies
Kitchen cabinets
Old school memory type junk

I am going to try to pick one and work on it each week. I know this will make my life so much better! This week is art supplies/bookshelves seeing as they kind of overlap. Cross your fingers and say a prayer that I actually get something going!

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