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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lose 20 lbs
The first step....

A few years ago, I was hovering in the 210-215lb range – I knew that was higher than I needed to be, but I liked my beer, wings and chips. I was already running on the treadmill, probably a few times a week as it was, but decided I would take on running-related challenges to test myself – and, if in the process I would lose some weight, hooray.

So I decided to try out a half-marathon. Never run more than 10km at a time, but as I watched a friend of mine finish the Angus Glen half-marathon, I decided that heck, I could do that. Plus he pointed out that whatever cumulative mileage I could do in a week, I could do on race day. Worked for me. Might not resemble a Kenyan and might walk here and there, but there is no reason I can’t go from running 10km straight to finishing a half. So, I signed up and did it. Finished above my out-of-nowhere goal of 2 hours (think my time was 2:05), but dammit I finished. That was it.

Nope, that wasn’t it. Bugged me that I didn’t hit the round number of 2:00. So the next year (the race is near my house and I was too lazy to drive far to run), I did it again – 1:58 or something like that. Yay for me. I did it, I beat my time goal -but then I got curious about trying other races. Long story short, I ran a couple more races over the next year or so, including the Scotiabank Waterfront half in 2008.

A friend of mine asked why I wouldn’t consider the Goodlife Fitness full marathon, given the Scotia half, happening 3 weeks before Goodlife, would be a training run. So I tested myself – did 43km in a week (cumulative) and signed up. Goal: finish. Not finish quickly, not finish with a flourish – just cross the line.

Which I did – 4:11. Wasn’t paying attention to weight loss yet – was just having some fun chasing personal bests. And the next personal best (round numbers again) was to beat 4 hours. Which was to be in the Mississauga Marathon in May.

Some time in February, someone I work with talked about this P90X thing he had started. Bunch of pushups, bunch of pullups – sure, I’d give it shot. Seems difficult but doable – and I like new challenges.

Liked what I was trying out, so I decided to do the whole thing. In the middle of the 90 days, I ran the marathon – and hit 3:57 or something like that. Then I finished P90X.

One day, I noticed myself in the mirror – and saw some definition in my abs. When I became curious enough to weigh in, I was at 190lbs.

Wow – lost 20lbs without fussing over losing 20lbs. I think that’s the point of this story – while some people focus on the end goal for weight loss, I focused on what I enjoy first and foremost, then let the weight loss happen on its own. For me, this approach was a lot more fun and, as you might have been able to tell, I have been able to accomplish a few other bucket list things along the way!


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