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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.

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lose 100 pounds (read all 5 entries…)
96.2!

The end is in sight, yay! I lost 7 pounds in the past two weeks, and I’m sure it’s because I was too busy and stressed to even think about eating. (All that daily running in the snow with the dogs probably helped, too.)

I’m doing my best to stay on track so I can wrap up this goal and move on to 125 quickly. I feel incredible already, so my focus should be steady in these upcoming weeks. I’m so damned happy today for this.



get my second tattoo
On my right thigh.

It’s going to be huge. And it’s going to cover scars – not because I need them to disappear, but because I’ve accepted them enough now to grow and make something beautiful out of them.

I’m still in the process of visualizing what I want and getting that onto paper. I’m a terrible artist, so I’m hoping I can find someone with skill who’s willing to help me out a bit.

I want a combination of a quote/lyric, some of my favorite flowers (I’m counting that as my goal to “grow a garden with all my favorite flowers” – permanently!), and some filigree and added touches. I have no idea on the colors because I want a lot – I want this big tattoo to really pop and be incredibly artful.

The quote/lyric coincides with transformation – of the scars and myself – and ties in with the flowers. I’ve gone through gigantic (literally) changes recently in my life – changes that I want to be permanent and that I need to last.

I would love to have this done on my 29th birthday
(my first of many future 29th birthdays) in July, but I also want to be at a weight where I feel like I’ve completed my transformation (even if I haven’t completed my weight loss goal). I’m waiting to see what develops with the design – it’s something I really need to focus and chew on for the time being.



get my ruby ring back (read all 2 entries…)
Update.

I asked for this back again yesterday. I was assured that it was packed safely away and that it would be sent back to me soon.

I’m crossing my fingers because it has a tremendous amount of sentimental value to me, and I could use something to brighten my spirits.



Get more sleep
Because it's good for you.

There are numerous studies about how sleeping an adequate amount of hours per night is essential to weight loss because it helps your body burn fat more than lean tissue.

And it’s 12:21 AM and I’m still wide awake. Way to go on tonight’s effort.



lose 100 pounds (read all 5 entries…)
Back to 89.2

I gained 4.4 pounds in two weeks of doing little to no exercise and eating everything in sight. To say that I’m disappointed is probably an understatement. I have a lot of emotional stress going on, so I suppose I need to try harder to forgive myself and focus on putting this behind me so I can move forward again.

I had a long discussion with both the behaviorist and trainer, and I think we have a good plan in place for trying to find what is going to work best for shedding the extra pounds through exercise (as long as I stick to the diet, of course).

Right now, my heart is so broken and struggling from coping with the 5-year anniversary of some very unfortunate events in my life, so I’m content enough to be able to make it through the end of this month. My goal is simply not to gain any more and do my best to stay on track despite what I’m going through.



lose 100 pounds (read all 5 entries…)
93.6

At least, that’s where I was three days ago. I feel like I’ve gained a few since I’ve been inactive and eating everything in sight since my weigh-in. I can’t tell if it’s hormonal, stress-related, a lack of sleep, or an evil combination of them that’s causing my urge to stuff my face.

Either way, I’m having a rough week coping with feeling fat after someone killed my good spirits by trying to tell me the exercise that I am doing is inadequate. I know I shouldn’t be distressed about it since I think it’s a miracle that I want to exercise, yet I can’t help feeling beaten up over it. I lost two pounds in one week, and I was made to feel like I was a lazy bum for not losing more.

It’s times like these that make me question why I’m putting forth the effort; and, quite frankly, why I’m wasting my money on a diet program that is draining my bank account while supporting the people who knock me down. Sometimes, I need to be pushed when I’m being complacent or can’t focus due to the normal stresses of life, work, etc. But when I’m floating and feeling ecstatic, there’s no excuse for anyone I’m supposed to trust with my weight concerns to scold me like a misbehaving child.

I’m angry and extremely disappointed that this one instance has brought me to a screeching halt. I shouldn’t let the harsh words of others deter me from what has made me a happier and more confident person, but I’m still a victim of wanting to be accepted not only for who I am but how I look.

My goal this week is not to dwell on the negatives, but to find a way to re-center myself and move past this.



meet the man of my dreams
He's the air I would kill to breathe.

Unrequited emotions are such a tricky beast…because how do you ever certainly know that they’re unrequited unless you address them to your interest? I’m struggling because I know I should be absolutely basking in the warmth and glow of wanting to give my heart to someone, yet I’m utterly miserable.

I’ve always been a strong woman – I haven’t had a choice to be otherwise – and I’m living proof of that. Aside from not being able to reach out and touch this man whenever I need a reminder of his perfection, I wouldn’t change a thing about him. My brain got me into this mess just as well as my heart did. My rational and logical brain should be able to talk me down from this ledge – tell me it’s ridiculous, tell me he’s out of reach and beyond me, tell me he doesn’t share what’s in my heart, tell me it’ll never work and I’ve coyly denied him for years for a good reason.

But alas, my brain is a failure. It refuses to see any faults, and it acknowledges him as the ideal. He’s more than I was ever told to expect – he exceeds what I could possibly imagine for myself.

It’s saddening to fathom that it could be over in a moment if I were to voice my thoughts to him. (So instead, I’m posting them here in hopes that he’s not so savvy that he’d discover this.)

It’s not to say that so many of our conversations have been superficial (I don’t believe that, at all), but they’re not necessarily focused on in-depth details of our lives. However, the past few months of teasing, intimacy, and snippets of deeper details have proven educational. At least, about myself. I feel more confident, self-assured, and willing to open up and share. I’ve learned so much about myself – he’s helped me to know and recognize so much within. Even if things remain stagnant, I’m excessively grateful for that much.

So what’s a woman to do? Choke it down, I suppose. Discourage my runaway thoughts and feelings. Remain the cool, collected, and constant person I’ve always been with him, I hope. Hide away my feelings and secretly long for something beyond.

I wish I could flip the switch and turn this off, but here I am, awake much longer than I should be…desire burning inside me for more. Sigh.



lose 100 pounds (read all 5 entries…)
Getting closer.

I lost a little over seven pounds in the past week. I’m kicking this diet’s ass now that I found my new reward for reaching my goal.

89 down, 11 to go – I’m hoping to complete this long before March 1, 2014.



lose 100 pounds (read all 5 entries…)
So frustrated.

I’ve totally hosed up my diet these past 4-5 weeks. I’ve been under a lot of stress with major renovations going on at home (there’s nothing that says exercise motivation like a house full of strangers making loud noises).

I’m slowly trying to get back on track, but I find myself eating garbage even though I can tell myself to put it down. I’d like to place the blame on stress and hormones and fatigue and the holidays, but in the end, it’s about making a conscious decision to forgo the sweets and starches.

I’ve exercised my butt off the past two days (and took a break tonight – go Blackhawks!). I’m doing my best to act on a wonderful suggestion of scheduling time for myself – quiet, relaxing time. I wish it were that easy, but I’m making the effort to wake up earlier every day to sneak in at least 30 minutes of cardio instead of being inactive.

I’m working on finding a new goal for myself besides simply the weight loss – something inspiring and so well worth the exhaustion and end result.



Lose 75 pounds (read all 2 entries…)
77.4 and going...

It’s taken me nearly a year’s worth of ups and downs. I’m so tired of dieting, yet I’m happier without the extra weight. If I could find more energy to exercise regularly, I’d complete my final goal much sooner…here’s to hoping I can muster up the will power to continue.



Lose 75 pounds (read all 2 entries…)
So far, yet not even close.

I’ve lost 68 pounds in seven and a half months of dieting, yet I feel like I’m just treading water at this point. My motivation and willpower have gone out the window. Maybe I’m not asking the right questions to the right people…I need some serious tips on how to jump-start my diet and feel re-committed. Anyone? Bueller?



lose 50 pounds (read all 10 entries…)
Seriously?!

51.6 pounds lost as of 2/13/13. (Apparently, losing 50 pounds was one of my 43 things seven years ago, but that feels like a lifetime ago now.)

Yay! I’m so excited and overwhelmingly proud that I’ve stuck with this ridiculously tough fasting diet for this long. I’ve had bad days (these past 3 have been a nightmare), but it’s getting easier to forgive myself and get back on the wagon.

Sometimes I feel miles away from my final goal, but I’m trying to focus on small goals of 5-10 pounds at a time. I think the lower my pant size gets, the better I’ll feel. Needless to say, I already feel much more confident and energetic and happy – and that’s what matters along with my health.

I’m looking forward to magic number 75! Best wishes to everyone else!



lose 50 pounds (read all 10 entries…)
5 more to go

My weight loss has tapered off these past few weeks, but I blame that on my lack of exercise (and the fact that it’s the middle of winter and I don’t feel like doing anything; and I’ve been glued to my TV basking in the awesomeness of hockey season finally starting).

Mostly, I don’t feel like I’ve lost anything – which is pretty odd, considering the number on the scale is obviously lower and my clothes are falling off of me. I’m trying to focus on the short-term goal instead because the long-term still seems so unattainable. Being in a program at least makes me feel more supported and accountable for my eating/exercising.

Here’s to kicking some ass over these next 2 weeks and finishing off the 50.



read all of the books that i own (read all 3 entries…)
97

...unread books that I own. Unbelievable. I’ve told myself that I will only be buying the paperback versions of a few books that I’ve been waiting on until this year. Hopefully it’ll stick since my paychecks are going to be less thanks to Uncle Sam.



lose 50 pounds (read all 10 entries…)
12 down, 12 to go

I weighed in today at a total of 38 pounds lost in 8 weeks. I’m so ecstatic that I lost weight over Christmas instead of gaining any back. I think being so close to accomplishing this goal calls for some vigorous happy dancing.



lose 50 pounds (read all 10 entries…)
Halfway to this goal (again)...

And not feeling like I’ve made much of a dent. But alas, I’ve lost 26 pounds in 5 weeks after begging my doctor to be put in a medically-supervised weight loss program. The meal replacements taste really awful, but the weekly visits with either the program’s dietician, behaviorist, exercise specialist, or physician are really making me be accountable. This plan has to be forever because I can’t stand the weight battle anymore (and because I’m paying out the rear for it).



lose 50 pounds (read all 10 entries…)
The life a yo-yo dieter...

As usual, I gained back most of what I lost. I feel like I’ve been so tired for months – blame it on work, family, whatever. I just haven’t felt any motivation to do anything about losing weight despite how much I desire to weigh less.

So I’ve decided that this will be the year that all I focus on is losing weight and feeling better (and definitely more confident) about myself. I’ve been telling myself for years that once I lose weight, I’ll go back to school, I’ll do this or that and make something of myself…something’s gotta give before I waste my youth away on conjecturing and end up old and wondering about what could have been.

I joined Weight Watchers online to take my first steps towards change. I have yet to feel that fire lit under my rear to exercise, but monitoring what I eat is a good place to start.

Here’s to completing this goal – hoping that 2012 isn’t as disappointing or fruitless as 2011.



read 100 books (read all 3 entries…)
Closing in...

I only have 9 left before completing this goal, and 13 to reach my goal for the year. This was almost too easy.



lose 50 pounds (read all 10 entries…)
A little disappointed.

Holy cow, have I been slacking horribly. August and the beginning of September were insanely busy, and I’ve completely fallen off the wagon. Thankfully, I’ve only gained a little, so I’m not far from where I was. Part of the reason I stopped being on top of it was because I suddenly came to a point of not being able to lose anything more despite my efforts – the hectic schedule just added to it.

I re-dedicated myself to this goal as of 3 days ago, and I’m hoping to complete it by the end of the year. Maybe taking time off will help jump-start my weight loss again. Either way, it’s 65 and sunny out these days, so I have no excuse to not be out and walking.

Best of luck to everyone else out there!



read 100 books (read all 3 entries…)
85 down.

Currently working on numbers 86 (Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson) and 87 (Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs).

Go me.



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