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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arpydarp's Life List

  1. 1. exercise more
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  2. 2. play guitar more
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    78 people
  3. 3. sing in a choir
    106 people
  4. 4. eat better food
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    47 people
  5. 5. dance without being self-conscious
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    125 people
  6. 6. do a good deed everyday
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  7. 7. help people in poor countries
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  8. 8. practice my Spanish
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eat better food
Eating progress...

Some success here. I am not very overweight (20 pounds or so), but it’s mostly around my waist (I’m male…can you tell?). However, I have high cholesterol, and have been wanting to eat better food for years. Problem is that I have a sweet tooth, and am drawn to some junk foods (like chips), but I wouldn’t say I’m hooked. Anyway, I’ve made a more concerted effort, and I’d say I am eating quite a bit more fruit and salad, and mostly I eat chicken (although I like all other types of meats).
Much less junk food too. So, 2 months of better food is progress, but the urges are still there sometimes, and I want to get past that. I do love fruit and salads, milk, good bread, etc. so I want to get to the point where really those types of foods are the only ones that attract me. I think that my new exercise routine (see my other entry) will help me crave better foods too.
Nothing new under the sun here; this is all that experts, shows and magazines talk about all the time: eat better and exercise. The catch is DOING IT, and at least I AM doing it…I just have to keep convincing myself to keep doing it, until I get to one of these states where my body feels so good that I will wonder why I wasn’t doing this all along.

exercise more
A good start!!

I hired a fitness trainer 2 weeks ago, and she set up basic routines for me to do. Half are aerobic workouts (treadmill, bicycle, etc.) and the rest are a weight routine. I alternate days (i.e. 3 days a week each). I know that you can read about this in books (or on the internet), but having a pro give tips, encouragement and realistic goals, really helps.

Two weeks isn’t enough to know if I can stick with this…when I reach 2 months I’ll be really happy!


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