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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.

- The Robots.

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lose 15 pounds
I'm in the best shape of my life... .so far!

Story of my weight gain and loss…..

Not so recently: I was a chubby child and a heavy teenager, 185 at my heaviest. I’m 5’8” and athletic. Then I dropped to 165 for a few years and then finally marathon training weight…

Most recently: That’s right. I just ran a marathon and was training for 6 months! And let me qualify that statement in that I did not run the entire way – I was with the slower walk/joggers in the back! I went from 155 pounds at the beginning of training to 142-143 at my lowest at the end. Well, after the marathon at the beginning of June I stopped running regularly and promptly gained 4-5 pounds back. I now weigh 148 pounds.

My goal is to continue weight loss and get into fabulous shape like I’ve always wanted to do. That’s about 15 pounds of fat away and keep all the muscle.

My plan is to do this in no more than 15 weeks (hopefully less) with at least one pound of fat loss per week. I will be exercising at a deficit of 500 calories every day – making 3500 calories burned each week. 3500 calories burned = 1 pound of fat :)

Oh, and I’m vegan and I cook everything. I don’t eat fast food, but I do like to bake a lot (in fact, I’d like to open a bakery someday)... but baking at home means I eat it up too quick! Sigh, so baking gets put on hold for awhile. I’m writing this incase I succeed and anybody wants to read how I did it. (So I better do this!)

Yup. So wish me luck! I’ve got a great spreadsheet with details on exactly how I’m doing this if anyone’s interested. And good luck to my fellow -15’ers.



A fried of mine did the Boston when we were in college. He was a hammer thrower on the Track and Field team, rather big physique. He lost 15 pound during the run, mostly water, some fat, and took a while to recuperate. So if you do it again, keep hydrated, and good luck!!!

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