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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Watch all episodes of "The Simpsons" ever made.
Best Show Ever!

I know that it’s debatable, but I am sure that, in my humble opinion, that The Simpsons is the best show ever. It’s edgy, funny, political and thought-provoking.

lose 50 pounds (read all 2 entries…)
Day 2

Weight: 198.0
Total Lost: 2.8 pounds

I don’t anticipate writing about my stresses and/or progress every day. However, I do find that I’m less hungry today, which is a good start. On the flip-side: I’m also less energetic. I couldn’t find the motivation to go out for a walk with my boys this morning, which disappointed me. I hope to have the energy to do so this evening.

I’ve decided that I must reward myself for my accomplishments. I’m not a materialistic person, per se, but I know that if I have more than the number glaring at me on my bathroom scale to look forward to, I’ll be more likely to stick with it. Here are my rewards:

10 pounds lost: Haircut
I’m a stay-at-home mother of two little boys (4 years and 15 months) and it’s not easy for me to go off and do something like that for myself. It’s been about 8 months since I’ve even had a trim. So, at 10 pounds lost I will finally give my husband the kids for an afternoon and do it for myself.

20 pounds lost: New walking shoes
I anticipate putting a few more miles on the shoes that I currently have. They’re getting worn out and I can feel that they aren’t as sturdy as they once were. So, in 20 pounds, I will invest in a new, good quality pair of shoes.

30 pounds lost: New tattoo
This will be a “killing two birds with one stone” scenerio. I will be able to reward myself with a tattoo, and strike another item off of my 43-things list. I have 7 piercings and have wanted a tattoo for years. This will be my reward in 30 pounds.

40 pounds lost: Massage
I’ve had them before, but have felt so self concious about my appearance that I’m unable to truly enjoy it. I’d love to go into a spa, strip without feeling disgusted and disgusting about my body and enjoy a full hour massage.

50 pounds lost: New full outfit
I’m one of the sufferers of “baggy clothes syndrome”. I wear clothing that is loose to hide my body. When I’ve lost 50 pounds, I’d like to get something more form fitting and a little more revealing than a baggy t-shirt and sweat pants.

60 pounds lost: Navel piercing
This is beyond my goal, but if I should find the motivation to continue losing weight I will absolutely reward myself for going above and beyond. As I will be thinner at this point than I have since well before meeting my husband 11 years ago, I’m going to have my navel pierced so I can show it off when I want.

lose 50 pounds (read all 2 entries…)
Day 1

Since I was a pre-teen I was a big girl. I’d learned to accept it and to hell with everyone else. Over the last 15 or so years, my weight has gone up and down – more up than down – and I was my heaviest about 2 years ago, tipping the scales as almost 220. Despite being overweight, it had never kept me from doing the things I love. I have two beautiful children that are healthy and happy. I own a gorgeous home and have a husband that adores me and whom I adore.

It’s easy to justify being overweight when you aren’t certain of actually being unhealthy. I’ve known several people who were heavy and were very healty and I’ve known several who were the ideal weight, but suffered from several health issues. I know it’s not the norm to be overweight and healthy, but it does happen. And, being that I felt fine I assumed I was one of those that fell in that catagory. I was wrong.

About a week ago I had a doctor appointment. Being that it had been about 4 years since my last routine blood test, I had one performed. My numbers came back this past week and I was shocked at how disappointing they are. I’m not only overweight, but I’m very unhealthy. My cholestrol is far too high for someone my age and my blood pressure, although not too bad, is high. So, I must do something about it. If I don’t do it now, at 27, it will only get harder and I risk not watching my boys grow up and have children of their own.

Both of my parents are overweight. My father has type 2 diabetes and struggles with his blood sugar. He’s also had a heart attack and a quadruple bi-pass. My mother is borderline diabetic and has heart disease as well. They aren’t old. But, they are unhealthy. For as long as I can remember my parents have been overweight and have suffered a few health problems. Now that they are older, those problems are compounding and worsening. I can see myself falling into that pattern if I don’t take care of it now.

I won’t diet. The word diet conveys a concept that this will be a short-term solution. I will, instead, make a life-style change. I will eat better and resolve to exercise more. I can make simple changes in my life that will alter my health for the better. This is the first day of the rest of my life…as cliche as that may sound.

I weighed myself this morning: 200.8 I wasn’t surprised by that number as I knew what I weighed from my recent doctor appointment. I hope to lose between 50 and 60 pounds so that I might be a healthy weight for my height (5’5”). I won’t put a timeline as I fear that this will only make me feel worse if I don’t reach my goal within a certain amount of time. Ideally I would like to reach 150 pounds. However, if I should lose more, that would only be icing on the cake (mmm…cake!).

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