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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post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :)

if you were to write a book about 43 things….

What would the title of the book be?

What would you focus on…your own experiences? the relationship of the Robots with the users? Button-gate? something else?

gain more subscribers
hey, it's actually happening!

Who would have thought, given this site in on life support and I haven’t written an entry in ages!

Perhaps I’ll start writing again….

Budget using the Envelope Method for a month
This actually works!

When I use it! (Of course!)

I found, for $1, a plastic expandable file with pockets that is purse size. It’s a little bulky, and if I continue this, I might replace it in the future. (Through googling, I found someone who makes envelopes for people who use this method and sells through etsy-they look less bulky, which I think will make this a more attractive method.)

Anyway, I came across an entry on this site of someone who uses this method- and they only had a three categories, which I adopted too. Initally I thought I would have quite a few, but the fewer the better.

The categories are: groceries, toiletries/entertainment/gifts, and “free” (for lunch out and if I fall short in other categories. This category is the only one with a set amount each time-$20).

What I also try to do at the end of each day is to take the spare change, and rather than keeping it within one of the categories, I put the nickels/dimes/pennies into a jar (to be converted to dollars at a later date) and then quarters in their own dish for laundry, parking meters, etc.

October Bootcamp 2011: Shoot for the Moon
My shooting for the moon...

...consisted mainly of trying to go for a walk (almost) everyday.

Mission Accomplished!

plan an awesome weeklong staycation
  • Community acupuncture
  • Day trip
  • Another day trip for cider donuts
  • Redeem free yoga class card
  • Go out every night! No sitting in front of the TV!

September 2011: Fall into Healthy Habits
Healthy Habits

Physcial: Establish an exercise routine for the month once the pool closes. Break a sweat four times a week. Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Not go over my calorie and fat intake goals 25/30 days. Minimize sugar.

Mental: Plan awesome staycation!

Social: Go out more often.

Financial: Use the envelope budgeting method.

stop eating sugar (read all 6 entries…)
Three weeks down!

One thing that I have found unexpectedly challenging is determining what should I exclude from my diet during my “sugar detox.” It seemed very straightforward until I started reading labels. I went in thinking that I just needed to avoid sugar and high fructose corn syrup but then there are just so many different kinds of sweeteners-honey, cane juice, maple syrup, and so on.I’ve been avoiding, as best as I can, these other sweeteners. Although I haven’t done extensive research, I do know that some, such as honey, have a high glycemic index rating, and I have been trying to avoid the spikes in my blood sugar such foods might cause.

One thing that I have experimented a little bit with is agave nectar. Most kinds have a low glycemic index. I’m not in love with this sweetener, but I did find an ice cream that is made with this and coconut milk-this has been a great find, as come June 29, I will not be rushing out to the nearest ice cream stand. During these past weeks I have missed ice cream so much-not that it’s my favorite sweet treat, but rather it’s hot and I feel like I’m missing out on a part of summer. Now I don’t feel that way, and so, I think I will be able to continue to be sugar-free (or mostly sugar free) beyond June 28.

stop eating sugar (read all 6 entries…)
Living in the future

So today marks the two week point in my sugar detox and it’s going well, though it hasn’t been 100% sugar free (dining out is tough, and sometimes unavoidable, especially if you have work-related lunches). But overall, I have done well and have managed to successfully avoid cookies, candy, ice cream, etc.

I’ve lost some weight. I continue to sleep deeply and wake refreshed, although I am sleeping about the same amount as before I gave up sugar.

Lately, I’ve been preoccupied with the future-I suppose we all are here-isn’t this what most of our goals about here-creating our future.

Anyway, I have been preoccupied with two things related to the future. One is, what will the rest of my detox period bring? Will I continue to lose weight, will my skin continue to look good? Will I experience other changes as result of this detox? Of course, the only thing I can do is wait and see.

The other thing I have been thinking about is what to do once the detox is over. I think that I should not just go back to eating whatever I want, although I have read that people have experienced a change in their desire for sugar once they give it up for a week or more. So maybe it will not be an issue-maybe I just will not want sugar. But just in case, I am thinking ahead to how I can maintain this change. I’m thinking of limiting myself to one sweet treat a week. Hopefully I can do this and still sleep as well as I have these last couple weeks!

stop eating sugar (read all 6 entries…)
I made it through the first week!

Althought I did end up accidentally eating sugar a couple times, such as when I went out to eat, ordered something, and realized later that there was probably some sugar in the sauce. Oh, well.

In terms of detoxing, days 1, 4, and 6 were the worst. After day one, the cravings weren’t too bad. I did feel sluggish and cranky. About midway through the week, my sleep changed-I woke up feeling as though I had slept more deeply than I am used to. It feels good!

I’ve been drinking a lot of water and unsweetened iced tea. I need to add more food to my meals, because I find that I am getting hungry in between meals. I need to come up with some non-sugar snacks that will hit the spot in those moments. I have been eating some whole wheat crackers, but they’re really not something that I want to eat frequently. At least they provide fiber.

stop eating sugar (read all 6 entries…)
Not so bad!

This is actually going well (hopefully it continues this way). Day 1 was difficult, in large part due to a long work day that included a looooong meeting for which cookies and soda had been ordered. I resisted the temptation!!!

I really haven’t had cravings for sugar. I do miss diet soda-I already drink 8 glasses of water daily, and I like to occasionally have a diet cola with lunch or dinner just because drinking water gets kind of boring. I’ve substituted unsweetened iced tea, which is okay.

I feel a bit thinner. I’m not doing this to lose weight, although I could stand to lose a couple pounds.

I’ve been feeling a bit sluggish lately, but I don’t if it’s the result of my body detoxing from sugar or if it’s due to the past week at work.

stop eating sugar (read all 6 entries…)
Day 1 of my 28 day sugar detox

I’ve decided that rather than stop eating sugar entirely, I am going to not eat sugar (or artificial sweeteners) for 28 days. I have read about others’ experiences in giving up sugar and/or artificial sweeteners for a month or so and they have reported changes in their taste/desire for sugar and artificial sweeteners.

I’m not certain if it’s realistic to want to stop eating sugar forever. I can’t imagine saying to myself that I will never let myself enjoy ice cream on a super hot day.

I just don’t want to have sugar everyday, and I am hoping that this 28-day detox will help me achieve that.

I am a bit worried-this will be hard!

I think if I can make it through the first four days, then the first week, and then the first two weeks I’ll be fine.

I hope.

admit what I really want
I really want to find a job where I could work 30 hours a week and be able to comfortably support myself

I am over the idea of working 40 hours a week. I work for the health insurance, but I would love a job that would give me this for only 30 hours of my time each week.

I would want to make at least what I’m making now, or even a bit more.

Although I have had on my list for a while now to find a new job, honestly I really like where I work. It’s just that I feel that my compensation and job title are not in alignment with what I do. If I could cut my hours with out cutting my pay, it would seem to be a more fair arrangement. (I know, who do I think I am, don’t I know there’s a recession going on out there?)

stop eating sugar (read all 6 entries…)
Did anyone else read that New York Times Article?

The article in the New York Times a few weeks back “Is Sugar Toxic?” was eye-opening. I’ve been trying to adopt the Michael Pollan approach to eating-”eat food. not too much. mostly plants”. And since sugar is a food by his standards (my grandmother and great-grandmother would have recognized it, been able to buy in the story, cooked with it), I thought it would be okay to keep that and work on eliminating high fructose corn syrup (which I found pretty easy to do) and artificial sweeteners (a bit more challenging for me). And maybe sugar in moderation is okay. Or may I should think of it as a poison.

What I’m doing now:

I’ve pretty much eliminated added sugar from things I buy, such as bread. I have a few things such as ketchup and peanut butter that have sugar in them, but the containers are almost empty. When they need to be replaced, I will look for alternatives without sugar.

I have experimented with using agave nectar.

Unfortunately, I keep feeling the need to have “one last” (fill in the blank sweet).

Pledge NOT to like, tweet or share anyone on 43T!
Probably the easiest goal to complete!

And totally worth it! :)

bake bread
I know it's not 2007 anymore....

...but I finally got around to trying no-knead bread, which was such a phenomenon a few years back…and it’s wonderful!

enjoy 29 (read all 2 entries…)
29 has come and gone...

...and I will never be 29 again.

It was a rough year, with lots of changes, some welcome, others not.

Sometimes having this goal was stressful. I sort of felt as though I should be cramming as much fun into my life….but it became about trying new things.

I tried a lot of new things, and I feel as though I am slowly creating the life I want to live. I’ve been making small changes (like the once a week media diet) that are rippling through my life.

Best thing I learned, or rather, had reinforced—plan! Planning seems boring, but if you make a list of things you want to do, you have a better chance of accomplishing them.

But then, I guess since you’re on this site, you already know that!

exchange my current job for an awesome new job!
Time and space

I decided to take several months off from this goal earlier this year. My desire for a new job didn’t change, but in this economy, it was so discouraging to have this goal. I felt like I was on a treadmill, moving, but not going anywhere.

So I needed a break and gave myself permission to take one.

Over the last few months, I felt moments of anxiety. Shouldn’t I be doing something? What if there was a job opportunity out there, right now, meant for me, and I missed it?

I tried not to worry and continued with my break.

My goal was to let the summer pass before starting again.

So just a couple weeks ago I felt compelled to revise my resume, and ended up completely re-designing it in less than 45 minutes. It looks awesome, and I don’t think I would have been able to do this had I not taken a break.

The hard part of actually finding a job that’s a good fit is still ahead of me, but I feel so much better with my new and improved resume! Wish me luck!!

learn to make hummus
No tahini = better hummus

I wasn’t happy with my first attempt at making hummus, so I decided to give it another try. I decided to eliminate the tahini, and just used chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and little water. This was soooooooooo much better!! I improvised and need to tweak the recipe a bit, but this is a keeper!

add more color to my wardrobe
Brightly colored Ts!

I bought a couple brightly colored Ts recently.

Whenever I find myself checking out a black or grey colored garment, I say to myself, I already have enough clothes in these colors!

April Bootcamp: Springtime Two-A-Days (read all 2 entries…)
Week one

1. Eat healthy, but am allowed two cheat meals/a week.
I’ve been eating healthy for the most part, but decided not to be strict about it this week because of Easter (candy!)
2. Sit quietly for two minutes each morning before work.
3. Run/walk two times each week.
I have gone for a few walks, but no running was involved.
4. Complete two 43T goals (besides boot camp).
5. Make progress on two other 43T goals (besides boot camp).

Regarding progress on 43T goals, I have sent out some handwritten notes and I also purchased a food processor so I can make hummus!

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