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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thismuchistrue's Life List

  1. 1. get my italian citizenship
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    39 people
  2. 2. live in london
    2 entries
    1,470 people
  3. 3. backpack through Europe
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    5,133 people
  4. 4. go to Africa
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    1,744 people
  5. 5. Learn Spanish
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    18,257 people
  6. 6. Walk the Camino de Santiago
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    260 people
  7. 7. stay in the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore for a little while
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    2 people
  8. 8. Become Financially Independent
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    6,721 people
  9. 9. Visit John F. Kennedy's grave
    1 entry
    2 people
  10. 10. Quit Smoking
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    9,287 people
  11. 11. go to Asia
    162 people
  12. 12. Visit Australia
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    2,847 people
  13. 13. Visit Ted Kennedy's grave
    3 people
  14. 14. visit Robert F. Kennedy's grave
    1 person
  15. 15. Get a PhD
    2,975 people
  16. 16. Own a house on Martha's vineyard
    1 entry
    2 people
  17. 17. learn yoga
    3,005 people
  18. 18. visit all 50 states
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    9,056 people
  19. 19. register to be a bone marrow donor
    85 people
  20. 20. live in San Francisco
    385 people
  21. 21. write so much that it begins to feel like i haven't showered or brushed my teeth if i don't one day
    2 cheers
    3 people
  22. 22. learn french
    12,878 people
  23. 23. Fall in love
    27,221 people
  24. 24. Spend New Years in New York City
    38 people
  25. 25. ride an elephant
    1,061 people
  26. 26. work for Semester at Sea
    3 people
  27. 27. volunteer in South America
    29 people
  28. 28. go to grad school in London
    5 people
  29. 29. teach english in spain
    13 people
  30. 30. Weigh 115 pounds.
    4 entries
    215 people
  31. 31. take bar method classes 4-5 times a week for a month
    1 person
  32. 32. Read 4 Books A Month
    21 people
  33. 33. tone my arms
    85 people
  34. 34. aerial silk
    7 people
  35. 35. join a roller derby team
    89 people
  36. 36. learn to swing dance
    1 cheer
    1,161 people
  37. 37. get a pilots license
    1 cheer
    240 people
  38. 38. be a paid and successful travel blogger
    1 person
  39. 39. learn to shoot a gun
    1 cheer
    470 people

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Recent entries
Weigh 115 pounds. (read all 4 entries…)

I know myself so well… I did eat more because I thought I had a cushion! Work is going well though! Which is good and bad, I went out drinking/dancing this weekend with coworkers which is bad for my diet but good for my social life. It was also like 105 degrees this past weekend, and I literally existed on only ice cream. I had an entire pint of ben and jerry’s one day and an ice cream cone the next.

The bright side is I didn’t gain, I just haven’t lost at all. Or well, I did gain, but not since I last logged. Last Thursday I was at 126.6, and now I’m back up to 127.4 It just really sucks that I lost a week. But I’m back on track and I CAN make this work. Starting this weekend, bar classes once more!

Weigh 115 pounds. (read all 4 entries…)

So my period is gone and I officially weigh… 127.2 pounds! I’m within 12 pounds of my goal weight! And it’s totally possible (and expected) that I’ll be 125 by Sunday… it’s only 1.2 pounds in four days! That’s like 3800 calories burned, and I’ll have the weekend to actually exercise. So by the wedding (11/11) I should definitely get myself to 115.

That’s the biggest problem with this job… I work 10-11 hours a day, and by the time I get home going to a bar class, or doing an physical activity at all, is the last thing on my mind. It’s like 8 pm, I’m stressed and tired and just want to watch TV or go to sleep. I think once I’m less stressed about this job, I’ll be able to start going to the 7:30 AM bar classes that are right across the street from the office, which would be amazing. Then all my exercise would be done by the time I finish work.

So this week has consisted of basically no exercise. I walked three miles yesterday after work, and that’s it since Sunday. I’ve still been following my diet really strictly, and I’m still losing, so I figure I can allow myself the week off to adjust to work. I’m already ahead of schedule anyway! My timeline has me at 125 on Sept 30th, so I’ve got some room to spare. Though, knowing me, that will just make me eat more thinking I’ve got some cushion.

115, here I come!

Weigh 115 pounds. (read all 4 entries…)
Mini-goal success!

I broke my plateau! First I weighed in at 129.8 (still success!) and then for two days I was at 129.4. So at least it’s holding steady. Also, something that might explain the stall in weight loss—I got my period yesterday! Which is fantastic because 1. it explains why I wasn’t losing, 2. when I weigh in at the end of the week (I never weigh myself while I have it), it’ll be even lower, and finally, 3. it explains my cravings!

Yesterday I ate bad food. Like, really, really bad. A PINT of Ben and Jerry’s and FOUR slices of pizza. Somehow, I still came in at negative calories (only -200, which is barely a loss, but hey, it’s not a gain!). I’ve been using fitday to keep track, and I reallyyy love that tool. It’s great to see everything I’ve eaten listed, to see all my exercise taken into account, and it’s SO motivational to see -1500, and then the next day see the half pound missing from the scale. It really reinforces the truth that it’s just arithmetic, and my goals are attainable.

In less pro-weight loss (but more pro-happiness) news, I got a job! Which is amazing for so many reasons but does mean that my constant exercising throughout the day is going to drop off dramatically. But there is a bar studio RIGHT across from where I work, so I’m going to try to be motivated enough to take the 7am classes there and then work my (TEN HOUR) days afterwards.

But mini goal achieved! Back in the 120s! Next mini goal: reach 125! I can so do this.

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