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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Carm




I'm doing 41 things
 

Carm's Life List

  1. 1. heal from my injuries
    11 entries . 21 cheers
    1 person
  2. 2. take good care of my Mom
    47 entries . 77 cheers
    0 people
  3. 3. go through the newspaper daily and recycle
    14 entries . 94 cheers
    1 person
  4. 4. become a regular walker
    6 entries . 41 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. keep a food diary
    2 entries . 15 cheers
    115 people
  6. 6. clean my sink every night
    81 cheers
    8 people
  7. 7. solve my sleep problem
    20 entries . 119 cheers
    2 people
  8. 8. Get organized
    4 entries . 90 cheers
    6,535 people
  9. 9. Declutter my office
    10 entries . 77 cheers
    23 people
  10. 10. Declutter my home
    8 entries . 78 cheers
    162 people
  11. 11. clean up my house and keep it clean
    2 entries . 59 cheers
    507 people
  12. 12. deal with my mail when I get it
    2 entries . 103 cheers
    12 people
  13. 13. put my clothes away every night
    1 entry . 74 cheers
    5 people
  14. 14. organize my photos
    2 entries . 63 cheers
    1,257 people
  15. 15. Create a to do list every night and do all the things on it the next day
    1 entry . 55 cheers
    55 people
  16. 16. take care of myself
    16 entries . 96 cheers
    345 people
  17. 17. lose weight
    12 entries . 42 cheers
    42,075 people
  18. 18. Don't eat fast food
    14 entries . 135 cheers
    125 people
  19. 19. eat at home more often
    5 entries . 83 cheers
    21 people
  20. 20. exercise more
    23 entries . 60 cheers
    5,636 people
  21. 21. lower my blood pressure
    4 entries . 80 cheers
    142 people
  22. 22. Take vitamins daily
    6 entries . 71 cheers
    766 people
  23. 23. get better at keeping in touch with people who are important to me
    2 entries . 77 cheers
    671 people
  24. 24. reconnect with old friends
    2 entries . 58 cheers
    502 people
  25. 25. write more letters
    1 entry . 77 cheers
    1,879 people
  26. 26. mail birthday cards/gifts on time
    2 entries . 53 cheers
    2 people
  27. 27. List 100 things I love about my husband.
    72 cheers
    166 people
  28. 28. take good care of my husband
    4 entries . 48 cheers
    5 people
  29. 29. improve our financial situation
    8 entries . 48 cheers
    1 person
  30. 30. eat healthier
    2 entries . 39 cheers
    11,205 people
  31. 31. Engage in a tidying zone for 15 minutes daily
    52 cheers
    2 people
  32. 32. list five ( 5 ) self-help / self improvement books I've read that I think others might enjoy
    1 entry . 41 cheers
    1 person
  33. 33. catch up on medical appointments for me and the hubby
    12 cheers
    1 person
  34. 34. maintain the good habits I've marked as "done"
    3 entries . 19 cheers
    2 people
  35. 35. permanently remove 43 pieces of clothing from my wardrobe
    13 cheers
    1 person
  36. 36. review progress on my 2012 resolutions monthly
    2 entries . 6 cheers
    0 people
  37. 37. track my progress on the habits I'm working on
    3 entries . 6 cheers
    1 person
  38. 38. buy a mattress
    2 entries . 6 cheers
    5 people
  39. 39. On August 24 Wish New Isabella a Peachy-Keen Birthday and a Year Filled with Joy, Accomplishments & Happy Kitties!
    1 cheer
    0 people
  40. 40. Set up a filing system
    1 cheer
    1 person
  41. 41. On August 24, wish our strong, brilliant, radiant wren a fabul-ass-dog birthday, and a whole amazing year filled with invigorating hikes, overseas adventure, and daily joy!
    5 cheers
    0 people

How I did it
How to watch less tv
It took me
4 months
It made me
Focused


How to figure out Skype
It took me
2 weeks
It made me
so happy!


How to ride The Duck in Seattle
It took me
1 day
It made me
Happy!


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Recent entries
lose weight (read all 12 entries…)
A few days ago...

I ate more takeout food than I should have. And I started to worry that my lost weight may have started to return. It had been a couple weeks since my last weigh-in. The scale is not convenient now because we have had to move things around to keep a clear path for my wheelchair.

So this weekend I had hubby haul out the scale. I’m down another 5 pounds for a 30 pound loss so far! I’m very pleased and I hope I can maintain my new habits and make even better ones as my recovery continues.



lose weight (read all 12 entries…)
It feels weird...

to be losing weight as a result of my lifestyle changes brought on after my fall.

I’m still in the wheelchair and can’t drive, which means I can’t just hop in a car and grab fast food. And we can’t just go out to eat several times a week. We have been eating at home a lot more.

The biggest lifestyle changes I have made are:

  • not eating out so frequently. In fact we rarely eat out because of transportation issues and are ordering in twice a week (less than we used to eat out)
  • no opportunities to grab fast food so we rarely have that
  • I previously had a good habit of eating healthy foods spaced out in the morning so I wouldn’t be ravenous by lunchtime (yogurt at 8:30, a little oatmeal at 9:30, banana at 10:30). But now I’ve added healthy snacks in the afternoon to replace junk (candy bars, chips, any kind of high fat sweets) I might have eaten before. Now snacks are fruit, nuts, low fat mozzarella sticks, things like that.
  • I’m actually finding I can say no to high calorie sweets at the office (cookies, muffins, cake) by instituting a “one dessert in a day” rule, so I save myself to have some pudding with my hubby after dinner.
  • sticking to smaller portions most of the time now for lunch and dinner meals. Once in a while I slip up on this one when we get delivery.

More changes I will be working on:

  • eat more vegetables
  • eat less processed foods
  • eat more fish (salmon, tuna, sardines)
  • reduce sweets further
  • eat less white carbs
  • eat healthier fats (olive oil, canola)
  • cook more at home, especially once I’m more on my feet.


take the bus to work (read all 4 entries…)
I'm doing this

This goal has been on my list for a long time and is one I struggled with. I was always getting up too late and resorting to driving so as not to be too late to work. Boy was that an expensive bad habit.

Since my accident nearly 5 months ago now I have been unable to drive. Hopefully that will change soon, but I have no intention of going back to driving to work. The habit of taking the bus (or special Access bus) on a predetermined schedule is well ingrained now and I’m not expecting to backslide.

I’m calling this done.



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