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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accept, maintain & embrace my naturally slim figure


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baileys_truffleWork in progress.

As much as the point of this goal is to accept, maintain and embrace my naturally slim figure, recently Ive been working on having the best version of that body I possibly can.

Ive started consistently and intuitively eating as much as I can whilst doing weight training to build muscle and add some shape to my frame.

Its not really about the weight but Ive already gained a couple pounds and am excited to see where I am by the end of the year… Im not giving up this time. Im motivated to achieve this, and am prioritising this over other things in my life. Finding other people who have gone through similar journeys is definitely encouraging!

Im still suffering from the effects of workouts, DOMS, sore joints, pulled muscles, but I refuse to let that put me off. I cant wait for the realisation in a few months or even years time, that Im in the strongest and best shape Ive ever been. 13 months ago

baileys_truffleNew year. New Goal.

To gain a stone by my birthday.

I have the weight training workouts down, I just need to concentrate on increasing my food portions.

I can do this! 23 months ago

baileys_truffleA goal

I rarely set myself weight related goals because I find it so hard to gain and know Im setting myself up for disappointment. But this outlook also sets me up to fail and whether I reach it or not, any gain is ultimately a success. So Ive decided to attempt to gain and maintain a stone by my next birthday which is 9 months from now.

I know it seems a long amount of time but what you have to realise is that as hard as putting weight on for naturally slim people is, keeping it is sometimes harder. You have to eat 500 extra calories a day to see an increase of a pound a week, and increase this amount whenever you reach a plateau which means that once you put on the weight you have to maintain that level of food consumption. SOmething I find very hard to do.

But giving myself a decent amount of time to put it on means its less daunting… Sure Id like a quick fix, but Im not expecting to balloon to my desired size, I can take my time. I am not fixating on what I eat either, I find I go up quicker that way. Instead Im working on drinking more calorie rich drinks and doing weight resistance training. Ive done it before, I can do it again!

Strong is the new skinny! :) 2 years ago

baileys_truffleThrow away comments :(

I went hairdressers recently and had my hair blow-dried straight. I must admit it looks rather lovely, my aunt agreed… “All she needs to do now is gain half a stone.” Wow. Way to make me feel like sh*t.

Being slim sucks, and what Id say to anyone that wishes they could eat whatever they want and not gain weight is… be careful what you wish for. But when I gain that half a stone, what then? Am I going to be perfect? Who is perfect? What is it to you anyway?

Through the summer I was feeling pretty comfortable, wearing skinny jeans and fitted tops without (much) care. But now winter is approaching, Im feeling more self conscious. ‘I cant wear that chunky knit jumper, or my cosy winter coat, or those boots with skinny jeans because my legs will look stick thin.’

After a recent trip to the doctors it opened my eyes to the possibility that being this slim may not be so natural, no matter how hard it is for me to gain.

Im trying not to focus on it too much because that wont get me anywhere, it certainly wont help me put any on, but I am trying to bulk up and consciously eat more… I aim to gain and keep a stone within the year. Any advice please comment… and indeed wish me luck. :) 2 years ago

baileys_truffleMaking leeway...

Recently, Ive started to feel more confident and comfortable in my body, regardless of where I am with me weight. Enough to wear super skinny jeans and buy a sheer maxi skirt… next goal, shorts! :O

I guess someone with insecurities concerning their body, inadvertently showed me that it is not worth being forever insecure about the way you are. If you can accept yourself, it shouldnt matter what anyone else says or thinks.

Being slim is as natural as my hair is curly. Why should I apologise about that? I dont have to answer to anyone, and as long as I accept my body the way it is… noone else should make it their concern. 2 years ago

baileys_truffleJust realised...

If I ate everyday how I ate today… Id probably be the size I want to be.

Oh well, Merry Christmas! Im stuffed x 2 years ago

baileys_truffleHalf a stone

at least. Thats how much Im down from when I started this goal.

The couple pounds I lost over summer really shows… but gaining them back is proving harder then ever especially with uni being so busy.

This Christmas Im am stuffing my face at every given opportunity!

Then I can start the new year back on track to achieving this goal. 3 years ago

baileys_truffleYou should go on Supersize vs Superskinny...

I tend to eat more when Im happy but Ive been getting a lot of comments concerning my weight recently and that tends to have the opposite effect.

I think I lost a couple pounds over the summer and what with uni being so massively time consuming its proving hard to put them back on… I wish there was a quick fix. 3 years ago

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