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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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Robert Cottrell in Edinburgh is doing 19 things including…

lose 100 pounds

5 cheers


Robert Cottrell has written 2 entries about this goal


There’s something naturally slimming about Europe. I’m not sure if it’s something in the air or maybe just the shocking lack of lifts in the ancient mountainous cities. Whatever it is, I was pleasantly surprised to return from my recent vacation to find that the last 10 or 15 pounds that have been stubbornly refusing to go had magically vanished.

I’m going to have to remain vigilant for the next week or so to make sure that I properly readjust to the more sedentary American lifestyle without regaining the weight, but I think I feel safe enough for now to mark this goal as complete.

And now the hard part begins. Reaching this goal has still left me on the wrong half of “overfat”, so there’s still quite a bit of weight left for me to lose.


I’m actually fairly freaked out that it is even possible that I can adopt this goal. I had no idea that I had let myself go so far. Progress so far has been slower than I would like, but that’s mostly because until recently I really hadn’t been focused on it. Now that I’ve already completed a chunk of it, I feel more confident in publicly adopting the goal and make a more concerted effort to accomplish it.

I think things started rolling after my trip to Amsterdam in October. Even though I was eating those vlaamse frites (fries and mayonaise) almost daily, and not to forget those amazing Belgian chocolates, this all seemed to be counterbalanced by the extra walking and climbing stairs.

When I returned back to the States, I gradually started cutting down on snacks, stopped drinking soft drinks with lunch, and tried eating better food. Then I renewed my efforts to walk to work each day, continuing all the way instead of waiting for the bus to take me up the final hill.

Last week I was drifting closer to the 25 pound mark and then drifiting away without ever crossing it. To finally push myself over the edge of this milestone I decided that I would walk at least 10 miles each day of this long weekend. That seems to have done the trick and I think I can safely say I’ve made it through the first 1/4 of the goal.

Robert Cottrell has gotten 5 cheers on this goal.


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