Would you like to do the 100 day sober challenge?

Hi there.

  1. Would you like to do the 100 Sober Challenge?
    Here’s the pledge:
    “I will not drink for 100 days.  No matter what.  I can cry, but I will not drink.  I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink.  Bad things might happen, but I will not drink.  Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother.  But there will be no booze.  Funerals? Weddings? Amputation?  I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what.”
  2. Make a note of the date of your last drink and post a comment here to let us know.
  3. Read the sober blogs (mine and others) every day. Become involved. Post comments on the blogs. The more you reach out, the more sober tools you add, the easier you’ll find it.
  4. Sign up to get daily sober motivation here.
  5. If you’d like to have a sober penpal (how cool, can’t wait to get to know you!), then sign up for the Sober Jumpstart class. There are three versions of the class — short, audio only, and long. All three versions come with a free sober penpal (me!). You can email me every single day, ask questions, rant, whine, and get cheerleading. I answer every email I receive. And yes, we remain sober penpals after the class is over. For as long as you’d like. For years.

Hugs,
Belle

(NOTE: If you HAVE signed up to do the challenge before, then you have a spot and a member number already. And we’re penpals already. Your spot is here. Just email me to restart or to tell me how you’re doing.)

Belle

I want to put this online, to hold myself accountable. I want to document the noise in my head. I'm tired of thinking about drinking. date of last drink: june 30, 2012

1,877 thoughts on “Would you like to do the 100 day sober challenge?

  1. Still here, at day 4. Still feeling determined, a little fearful of what I will do when the compulsive thought to drink rears its head.

  2. “Get out of my way, sober car coming through.” Thanks, Belle – I’m on day 5 but getting to benefit from your day (47?) wisdom. I already had my first drinking dream last night or “almost” drinking dream. In it, I was at a restaurant ordering cheese and crackers and had an overwhelming desire for wine – all the *feelings* associated with anticipating drinking were there – but even in my dream I remembered, ‘oh yeah, I’m not doing this anymore’ – and I didn’t order the wine! When I woke up this morning I started reading your blog first thing.

  3. Hi Belle,

    I’d like to join please. My last drink was March 3. I’m feeling strong today so will sign up before I lose my nerve!

    Thank you!

  4. I’d like to join the challenge! My last drink was on March 23rd. I want to make it a whole year but 100 days is a great place to start!

  5. I pledge that for the next 100 days I will not drink.
    I will greet the highs and happy moments with a smile but without a drink. I will face all challenges and uncertainties with a 100% sober mind.
    I look forward to the next 100 days. Some of these days I may feel tender and vulnerable and afraid. Most days though I hope will be filled with light and joy. Every day I will remind myself that I am enough, I’ve got this, and I deserve this.
    Today is day zero of my 100 day sober challenge. All the best to everyone else taking the same journey.

    1. you can pledge again when you’re on day 1 🙂 you can’t quit drinking in advance, although wolfie says it should be possible …huglets from me

  6. I had my last alcohol binge session yesterday. I am commiting for 95 days as I am going to Bali,so may want to partake in beverages over there. 95 days is my goal. Thanks

    1. you’ve tried drinking for vacations before. maybe this time you do 100 days no matter what, and you do a sobriety experiment. you’ve tried drinking, you know how it turns out. now maybe it’s time for some sobriety research. hugs

  7. Hi Belle (and everyone else), I would like to officially join the 100 day challenge starting today. My last drink was yesterday. I first started my 100 day challenge on January 1, 2017 (I did not publicly post though) and made it 8 weeks. I could not believe it, I was so proud of myself. I received your emails every day, browsed the blogs, listened to some pod casts here and there, ordered one of your bracelets (which I LOVE!). BUT…. I felt so in control that I decided to have a few drinks while visiting relatives out of town, then went another 3 weeks before having drinks on a Friday night with my hubby, then this past weekend ended up drinking 3 days in a row. I think the reason I didn’t publicly post is because in the back of my mind I was not convinced that I needed to quit alcohol. I just wanted a “reset” so to speak. What happened though, was once I began “allowing” myself to entertain the idea of having a drink, once it became an option, it was over. The obsession began. I found myself telling myself that I have done so well, that I’m in control and I can just have drinks on special occasions. But the problem is I thought about it everyday. I found myself trying to justify having a drink every day. Most days I would fight it and yes, I have cut back considerably (I was drinking about a bottle of wine a night and much more on the weekends) however, I quickly felt out of control in my mind. I felt so much more free when the option was not there. My biggest challenge will be reintegrating myself into the social scene, as my entire friend and family group drink alcohol all the time. The 8 weeks I was sober I completely isolated myself from them. I know in my heart this is what I need to begin my life journey of sobriety. I’m excited for what the future will bring. Thank you for all your support!!!

    1. I too started my 100 days on January 1. I made it 73 days. I even made it through a family wedding and a long weekend away with sisters. Then had a rocky episode at work so tried drinking on March 13 which started a binge which lasted until April 5. I am kicking myself as Monday would be my Day 100 if I had stuck it out. Today I am on Day 2 and am full of the resolve I had on January 1. I plan to make it this time and make better plans to withstand the Rocky that comes up in my life. It was unexpected and I was unprepared and over confident. Good luck to you Rachel!!

  8. I commit to the 100 day challenge starting today March 27,2017. Big confession. I did the 100 day challenge starting Sept. 4, 2016. And did it! Successful. Felt great. Had the usual ups and downs. Spent the first month going to bed early every night. Actually gained a few pounds from all the sweets I was eating to compensate. But then it took off. My skin glowed. I had so much energy. Went for over 6 months…and then, oh Belle, I could feel the prelapse. I knew something was coming. And then we’re on vacation…someplace warm, tropical drinks with umbrellas in them etc. etc. And I had two drinks the first night. Then drank every night for a week. Back home I’ve been drinking 5 of the last 7 nights. And I feel just awful. I’m stopping it now. New 100 day challenge. I will never go back to it. Maybe I needed to have a relapse to show me how important my sobriety was. I’m so upset that I lost my momentum. I will never lose it again.

  9. I’m joining the 100 day challenge. I’m also going to buy the Sober Jumpstart class. Nothing has worked yet. I’m really nervous.

    1. you’ll find it’s easier to be sober for continuous days versus stopping and starting. it’s harder to do the stop/start thing. it’s easier to just say “not for 100 days and then i’ll reassess…”

    1. You will not regret it! I gave myself the gift of sobriety for my 50th birthday. I am on day 62 and it feels great. Gonna do another 100 as soon as this one is done. My friend just finished her 2nd consecutive 100 days! Sobriety feels marvellous.

  10. Day 78. This weekend is the 1 year anniversary of someone I went to high school with passing away unexpectedly in his sleep. I knew him, but was not very close, but some of my close friends were. This weekend a bunch of people came into town for a “celebration of life.” There was a lot of alcohol involved. We saw a film festival movie, went to a pinball arcade, ate out, and did late-night karaoke. In the mean time, a lot of the others were drinking quite a bit. I wanted to party with them in that form at various points. Get a little obliterated and “bond” with people. But instead I stayed lucid. There were a lot of emotions, and probably a lot of hangovers. At one point at karaoke people were shouting “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” into the mic, and the deceased person’s sister and a couple others were crying in intense pain. It was hard, but I’m really grateful to have been present – actually present – for it. Not knowing what to say, basking in the agony, hilarity, and the awkwardness of the human condition.

  11. My first day AF was March 3, 2017! Getting close to a month, feeling great…dedicated to reaching 100 and beyond!

  12. My last drink was yesterday, I have made the decision to stop and think that the 100 day challenge is a good place to start

  13. I have been AF for as long as three years in the past, but at last had that final-final drink on March 26, 2017.
    I am now fully committed to living in freedom and possibility for the rest of my days. Love to all!

  14. today is day 2 sober. I have never gone more than 4 days except for when I was pregnant, I barely drank then anyway. So far so good… I was looking for any and every reason to go buy my vodka yesterday but, I didn’t!

  15. Arrgghhh!!!! Back to day one again. 1st April – I am. Or going to let booze make a fool of me anymore

  16. Day 1 here, and I’m afraid. I’ve failed so many times at so many things. I want to be free of alcohol’s hold over my life.

  17. Hi Belle, I’ve been lurking for awhile, as you probably know. Yours was the first sober blog that I stumbled upon and thank goodness for that. I am taking your 100 day sober challenge and am on day 84. So like me to not put it out there until I’m certain of success. It’s been rough, but oh so worth it. I know I will make it to 100 and I intend to keep the momentum going. Even though my marriage is falling apart, even when my alcoholic father comes to visit, even if, even, even…

  18. I’m on day 89 though I don’t *think* I signed up successfully before… it’s been easier and more enjoyable than I expected… though in the last few days I’ve lost sight of the value of being sober! Your audio yesterday helped. 100 days here I come… and then another… and another… I’m committing to a year sober. I want to get so far away from day one that I never doubt the value of soberity again.

  19. Today is day 19 for me. I feel some sober momentum so it is getting a little easier to resist Wolfie. I have had a few really intense urges to drink but then I have a good talk to myself because I don’t want to go where I will end up if I start drinking again. The constants thoughts about drinking are as bad as the hangovers. It’s nice to be clear-headed and remember absolutely everything I said and did the night before. Thank you for the support!

  20. I would like to the join the 100 day challenge, today is Day 1 for me. Wish me luck! If only it was that easy, that’s why I am doing this, I know it is not and hoping this will help

  21. April 2nd 2017 was my last drink.
    Drinking has always been a big part of my life since before I was 21. I am tired of letting people down and the guilty feelings afterward. I’m taking this 100 day challenge to find out who I really am sober.

  22. Please restart me….new Day 1 today.
    Printed out all 500+ pages of your blog .pdf & have been ‘skimming’ through it. Will start at page 1 today and read from start to finish.
    p.s. I was wondering if there are any ‘sober meetups’ in the San Francisco bay area (California)?

  23. Today I am commiting to the 100 day challenge. I am on day 1 today. I had started the 100 day challenge on December 27th and did 65 days but then went on vacation and had a drink. Then I had a death in the family and I drank. Once I started again it snowballed into drinking all the time. And when I wasn’t drinking, I was thinking about drinking. So I am starting again today because I am happier when I am sober.

  24. Day 2-stopped April 15. Looking forward to day 100 on July 25! Scarred of all I’ve read about cravings, etc. So far I never want to drink again ever. Hopefully that sticks. I’ve been an alcoholic with no control over my drinking for 45 years. That’s enough wines for me!

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