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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How I did it
How to make the most of each driving lesson
It took me
6 months
It made me

How to pass my driving test
It took me
6 months
It made me

How to lose 20 lbs
It took me
7 weeks
It made me
Over the moon

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Recent entries
become fitter (read all 38 entries…)
Another 10k Race Done

I did my second race (well technically third) on Sunday 20th November 2011..I did it quicker than the previous weeks 10k which is shocking as the previous weeks 10k was all flat course but this weeks was hilly and tough.
I almost quit before the first mile was over due to pain in my foot but I didn’t and I am glad I didn’t.
By mile 4 I was on target to drop at least 10 minutes from last weeks time but the last 2 miles of this race was very hilly and by this point I seemed to have zero energy so it’s getting obvious that at my current weight I need to take something with me to have before I get to the 4th mile to make sure I have some energy!
Mile 3 was fast and bouncy and it must of been the water they gave me as I literally had this massive energy boost and was bouncing along after that for a full mile and that was my fastest mile.
Glad to have finished to be honest!

go ice skating (read all 7 entries…)

I finally went after all these years of wanting to go. I went out for my friends sons 13th birthday as he’d decided that’s what he wanted to do.
I was nervous as I have a fear of ice, although not as big as it once was, and was scared I was going to fall and hurt myself and with a 5.25 mile race planned for 2 days later falling was an option.

Stepping onto the ice, it felt slippy and I held onto the side like my life depending on it. At first I couldn’t move and had people, maybe as scared as me, rushing to get round me to get back onto holding onto the side.
Eventually I started to make my way round holding on and waiting for people to move out of the way. Eventually I left go but every time I pushed off with my right foot it pulled me back into the side and stopped me because the blade was just sliding on the ice and not gripping. .. I went round a few times like this and it was easy and harder at the same time especially with the right blade having no edge on it. In the end I got sick of it and went and changed my skates.
On changing the skates I improved 100% with my skating and even though the blades weren’t much sharper they made a big difference and I was going around nowhere near the edge although I kept closer to it just in case and needed it a couple of times as the place was full of idiots breaking rules and being very dangerous!

I went round a few times before someone fell and hurt themselves and everyone got moved and basically weren’t allowed to move.
We weren’t able to skate after that so that was the end of it.

I’d do it again without a shadow of a doubt but not on a Friday night when it’s full of idiots breaking rules and doing what the hell they like!

Wish I’d done it years ago!

become fitter (read all 38 entries…)
10K Road Race Whilst Super Unfit

I have to do three 10ks this month to qualify for enter into my running clubs draw for a place into next years London Marathon. This is a new rule which wasn’t meant to start until next year but as they don’t like me and don’t want me to have a chance of getting the place they put this rule in this year thinking there is no chance of me doing three races over five miles before the deadline of the 14th December 2011.
Well I am not fit enough due to illnesses etc but I wasn’t going to let that get in my way although of course I’d of liked a few weeks of training to get a bit fitter, instead of being thrown into this with only a couple of recent run/walks under my belt.

Anyway today I did my first 10k, out of the three, and I struggled because of my foot. I was in so much pain that I was in tears before the first mile and wanted to quit not long after but me being me and determined to (a) not let the committee bully me (b) not give in© finish what I’ve started, I carried on and pushed through to the end. It wasn’t easy I’ll be honest and I ran out of energy between the third and forth mile but I got there in the end. I am glad I did it and I have a fantastic medal to show for all the hard work so I am very happy about it.
I have injured myself but I knew I would and I know it will happen on the next two races but as long as I do the races and knock a little time off, a minute off each will do me, then I’m happy!

I will then be able to get back to my training for 4 weeks before I do the race I originally planned to do, the only one I was going to do before being forced into this three race rule, and will knock at least ten minutes off my current time and show them that yes I am being serious about running and I may not be fit now but I am doing a marathon next year, even if I don’t get in London, so they can stop calling me names and actually take me seriously as I am on a mission and I will do my goals and I know I will annoy them all especially one of them…watch this space!!

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