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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  1. 1. Become a Permaculture Designer
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  2. 2. Eat healthy & Exercise
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Day 2

We’re in the process of packing and moving from North Carolina to Georgia, and most of our kitchen is currently packed up. The official move date is next Monday, so it’ll be much more difficult for me to be as healthy as I want to be. That doesn’t mean I can’t do it though! I’m going to keep my meals simple and as clean as possible. Dinners have always been the hardest for me, and I always crave things that are heavy and sweet. Sooo I think I’m going to start having sweet potatoes and chicken or turkey salads for dinner. Simple yet filling. Sadly, I didn’t get the best start on today’s meals, however. I had 6 slices of cheesy toast for breakfast, BUT I have been drinking quite a lot of water. I had a couple pieces of canteloupe and some turkey for lunch. I am going to allow myself to have coffee over the next week or so, but I plan to phase that out after getting settled into GA.

Just some thoughts about my relationship with food:
I am roughly about 135 lbs and 5’8”. Based on the way I have eaten food throughout my life, you’d think I would be an extremely obese woman by now. Thank God that isn’t the case. Last year when my husband was deployed for 8 months, I was a brand new mother living temporarily with my in laws. My mother in law shared most of my ideals for what appropriate food choices looked like, so we ate well together for about 3 months. We ate a primarily organic, vegan diet, full of leafy greens, lightly cooked and raw veggies, moderate amounts of fruits, some nuts and seeds, and healthier versions of occasional treats and chips. We both weighed ourselves every single morning, not because we were being obsessive, but because we both realized that by checking our weight, we could see how our previous day’s food choices were affecting our bodies. We found that most SAD (standard American diet) foods would just sit in our stomach for up to a week or more! I remember eating breadsticks and several servings of soup at Olive Garden, and that food sat in my stomach for a week, and I gained 7 lbs in just that one meal!!! It was crazy! The weight loss results and health we both achieved was incredible. I lost ALL of my pregnancy weight PLUS an additional 20 lbs! I had never in my life felt that healthy, and I’d finally lost nearly all of my body fat. I had energy, and I looked great! When my husband came home from deployment, he wanted to eat healthier but not vegan or even raw leafy greens. So slowly but surely we both ended up eating poorly and consequently packed on some pounds. I’m back to where I was right before my pregnancy, and so is he. What we’re both in is a food relationship rut, and we can’t seem to climb out of it! I hate feeling defeated every day about food, and that is precisely why I’ve chosen to add my goal to this website. We all need help from time to time, and we also need to surround ourselves with like-minded people. We are who we surround ourselves with. Anyhow, I just thought I’d share a little bit of my story. I fully intend to share an even greater story in a few months. :-)

eat healthy & exercise (read all 2 entries…)
Day 1

It’s almost 10am, and I’m so tired of feeling like crap! It’s time to make a drastic change for the better. No more excuses! I’m eating raw fruits and veggies with water and seeds for the rest of the day. I’m also going to chase my little daughter around all afternoon and get in that well-needed exercise! :-)

Later that day: Well, I did end up chasing my sweet little daughter all over the place, and we both ate pretty healthy until dinner time came rolling around. We shared fruit, a couple slices of honey ham, one of those green juice type drinks you find in the produce section, and I ate a few large handfuls of organic spring salad mix. Unfortunately, when dinner time came, my husband and his friend wanted me to cook them some grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. So I did…and I made myself a couple as well. Then, we also ate chips and cheese dip. Blehhh… It definitely was not satisfying in the least bit, and I just felt crappy afterwards. Still not going to let this get me down though. I did not eat ANY candy, donuts, cakes, or any other sweet food, and that has been my greatest struggle! So what may seem like a bad day was actually progress! Onto day 2! :-)

Become a Permaculture Designer
Finally taking a PDC course!

I’m actually doing an authentic permaculture design certificate course, and it’s Geoff Lawton’s online course! I started it on April 5th, and it lasts approximately 3 months. Today I just started on my 4th chapter: Patterns. It’s so much fun! Can’t wait to earn my PDC and start designing for a better future! :-)


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