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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Ann Bradley's Life List

  1. 1. Live life, and not let it live me
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    22 people
  2. 2. I want to have a great job yet still have time for my kids.
    3 cheers
    1 person
  3. 3. own a home
    1,166 people
  4. 4. finish school
    1 entry
    2,007 people
  5. 5. Lose Weight and Get Healthy
    9 entries . 6 cheers
    441 people
  6. 6. Get plastic surgery.
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    214 people
  7. 7. Get a Tattoo
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    21,928 people
  8. 8. Write my own book of poetry.
    3 entries . 2 cheers
    2 people
  9. 9. Become fluent in more than one language
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1,300 people
  10. 10. Have sex on a beach
    4 cheers
    76 people
  11. 11. Have sex in public.
    3 cheers
    153 people
  12. 12. Have sex in the woods
    1 cheer
    10 people
  13. 13. STOP HATEING MYSELF
    2 cheers
    2 people
  14. 14. be less self-conscious
    3 cheers
    353 people
  15. 15. fall devastatingly and totally in love with someone desperately and totally in love with me
    1 cheer
    229 people
  16. 16. Watch all episodes of "Futurama" ever made
    1 cheer
    1,133 people
  17. 17. Have another baby
    1 cheer
    653 people
  18. 18. make love in the rain
    1 cheer
    2,018 people
  19. 19. Start Oil Painting Again.
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    7 people
  20. 20. decorate my room
    336 people
  21. 21. be a better wife
    1,060 people
  22. 22. write a short story.
    1,178 people
  23. 23. Read every Far Side Comic Strip
    454 people
  24. 24. Get over being MANIC DEPRESSIVE
    4 entries
    2 people
  25. 25. learn to be happy with myself, by myself, for myself
    1 cheer
    269 people
  26. 26. Finally build my ZEN water garden
    1 cheer
    1 person
  27. 27. Write a novel about my life.
    1 cheer
    13 people
  28. 28. Have a full makeover...hair, nails, body, face...everything!
    1 cheer
    3 people
Recent entries
Lose Weight and Get Healthy (read all 9 entries…)
HARD WORK AND NO DIETING ONLY HEALTHY EATING

CURVES — 37 weeks ago

A little over four weeks ago my mother and I joined a Curves fitness center in our area, I am 5’3” and weighed almost 218lbs. since then I have lost 2lbs. but still feel I have no real support system, you know the “You can do it” attitude I need most from my family and friends, my hubby just seems not to care at all, and my mother can only help so much, I just feel FAT, I’m not just feeling chubby I feel FAT! It has affected my confidence level majorly, my hubby wanted me to put on a slinky nightgown, he said it looked great but I felt like a Turkey tressed up for Thanksgiving, it has been driving he and I apart for awhile. I don’t know what to do.

FIRST WEIGH IN — 34 weeks ago

Well, my first weigh in didn’t do so good, I gained 8lbs. so I went from 218 to 216 and now to 224 in a month,but I lost almost 2 inches from various spots on my body, I now comfortably fit a size 20 pant.

NOW FOR MY UPDATES

Third Weigh In (Jan 15 2006): 223 size 20/22 lost 5 inches

Fourth Weigh In (Feb 15 2006): 221 size 20/22 lost 2 inches

Fifth Weigh In (March 16 2006): 220 size 20/22 lost 4 inches

Sixth / Seventh Weigh In (April / May 16): 219 size 18/20 lost 6 inches

Eighth Weigh In (June 15 2006): 200 size 18 lost 7 inches

I have been going to Curves now since Sept 2005, I have cut fast food completely from my diet, I have started a normal and healthy eating patern. And am now happily awaiting my Next WEIGH IN for this month.

NOTE:WEIGHT GAINED WAS ACTUALLY CAUSED FROM ME DRINKING MORE
WATER AND STAYING HYDRATED, MY BODY WAS NOT PREPARED FORIT AND THEREFORE HELD IT IN. AFTER MY BODY STARTED ACCEPTING MORE WATER IT BEGAN TO DROP IT, THIS IS NORMAL WITH ANY
EXCERCISE ROUTINE. ALWAYS BE PREPARED FOR A WEIGHT GAIN WHETHER FROM WATER INTAKE OR MUSCLE GROWTH.



Lose Weight and Get Healthy (read all 9 entries…)
LIQUID DIETS ARE BS PEOPLE

What’s Involved: Dieters replace one or more meals with drinkable formulas, which are usually sold as a liquid or powder. These tend to be low in calories—but high in nutrients.

What You Need to Know: If you decide to try one of these plans, you’ll probably find that they’re easy to use and may help you lose weight.

But most people who try these diets regain the pounds as soon as they start eating solid foods again. Also, these diets do not teach people how to make healthy food choices—a necessary skill for maintaining weight.

In addition, experts agree that it’s healthier to get nutrients from food rather than a formula or supplements. Scientists still don’t know exactly how fruits, vegetables, fiber, and other foods help keep you healthy. But they know it involves a complex interaction among vitamins, minerals, and various disease-fighting compounds. So, people on liquid diets may be missing out on important nutrients.

http://www.mmcwm.com/fasthealthtips/65_weightloss/liquid.html

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Both approaches to weight loss may promote rapid weight loss, but not permanent fat loss. They are associated with medical problems including sensitivity to cold, brittle nails, fatigue, diarrhea or constipation, and heart problems. Weight loss by means of liquid diets can cause gallbladder problems. Sudden death may occur with very low calorie liquid diets or total fasting.

Advertisements using celebrities to promote meal replacement drinks have been widely used in the past few years. Today, however, such products are losing popularity. This is due to the fact that permanent fat loss does not occur unless the person adopts appropriate habits of diet and exercise into their lifestyle.

Medically supervised fasting or liquid diets contain high quality protein and carbohydrates. They are supplemented with vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. With careful supervision, weight loss can be accomplished safely. Such programs require careful medical screening. They may cost around $2000 to $3000.

Diet clinics may offer food plans of 1000 to 1500 calories per day. Some require you to purchase specially packaged meals available only through the company. The cost of these programs range from $250-$1000 or more. Low price initial sign-on offers may not include all costs. These programs provide variable amounts of exercise and behavior modification counseling, which is essential information needed to maintain weight loss.

Remember, permanent fat loss is achieved by following a sound plan that includes exercise, behavior modifications, and a nutritious diet.

http://www.baptistonline.org/health/library/weig5289.asp

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Using diet programs that incorporate liquid meal alternatives may be dangerous, according to Jenny Yi, an assistant professor of Health and Human Performance in the University of Houston College of Education.

Liquid-based diet programs became popular in the late 1980s. They have since blossomed into a multimillion-dollar industry. Of the liquid meal alternatives, SlimFast and MET-Rx are two of the most popular and easily recognizable.

Yi said liquid-based diet programs are not regulated, leaving consumers without government help in deciding if such a diet is right for them, or how it could be managed successfully.

No long-term studies have been done to determine if any permanent problems can result from liquid diets, Yi said.

As a result, she believes they should be taken off the shelves until they’re thoroughly tested.

Some recent short-term studies indicate that health risks like high blood pressure and liver complications are associated with liquid diets, Yi said. Eating disorders may develop if dieters change their eating habits to conform to liquid-diet programs, she said.

People can and do lose weight by using liquid meal replacements. But they are three times more likely to gain the weight back than someone who lost weight by eating low-fat foods and working out, Yi said.

“How long is someone going to stay on a diet like that?” Yi asks. “When they get off, they will gain it all back.” Yi adds that the rapid weight loss that often accompanies the use of liquid meal alternatives can be dangerous.

http://www.stp.uh.edu/vol61/951103/4b.html



Have A Wonderful Holiday Season. (read all 3 entries…)
50/50 ON THIS ONE

Really have to be prepared next year for the good and the bad.



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