100 Day Sober Challenge

Are you interested in doing the 100-day 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.”


OK, now what?

When I was trying to quit, I had many day 1s. It wasn’t until I got more support that I started to do better. 

It's not like we can do this alone in our head.

The drinking voice is just too convincing and it ‘sounds’ like it’s making sense (when really, that voice is bullshit, but it takes some outside cheerleading to figure that out).

And the cool thing about the internet is it’s more anonymous, which can really help, at least to begin.

There are two ways to do the 100-Day Sober Challenge

​1. ​With Support

​​If you'd like a live-human, sober penpal ​and get personalized, direct responses to emails, then you can sign up for the Sober Jumpstart. ​All ​​​levels come ​with a ​sober penpal (me!).

You can email me every single day, ask questions, rant, whine, and get cheerleading. ​And yes, we remain sober penpals for a whole year. ​I'll keep track of your dates, and remind you when it's time to get treats.

If you’re like me, then you’ll will do better with accountability and cheerleading. Me on my own, I couldn’t get more than 9 days in a row. Then once I added in support, things changed. The sober penpal is part of the Jumpstart here.


2. Self-Administered

To do the sober challenge on your own, you can write out the pledge above and make a note of the date of your last drink.

Find ways to add in more tools and supports. The more you reach out, the more sober tools you add, the easier you’ll find it. Read sober blogs (mine and others) every day 🙂 And be sure to sign up to get daily sober motivation emails below.

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

  • “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.” I’ve been on a downward spiral for years and it’s caused me so much shame and regret, still found it comforting to keep drinking excessive amounts of alcohol to numb myself while ignoring the destruction it was doing to me. Blackouts, crying myself to sleep drunk, being combative, passing out on the sofa. I kept fooling myself into thinking that since I was in the comfort of my house I wasn’t harming anyone. As the drinking got worse (drinking on weekdays and larger amounts) I started missing work once or twice a week and always promised to stop next week. I emailed Belle 8 months ago but didn’t have the guts to stop then. Now my husband of 20 years has left me because he just can’t take seeing me destroy myself and wreak havoc in the house. If I want a chance at saving my marriage I need to hold myself accountable and fight my way out of this darkness. I’ve let so many people down starting with myself. Did so many stupid things while drunk and now I find myself terrified because I have to do it alone. My husband was the best thing that ever happened to me and I threw all that away. I hope I can get through this because I still have so much more to lose if I continue on this path of self destruction. My last drink was June 23rd, 2019

  • I Will not drink for 100 days. I will be completely sober for 100 days, no matter what. I can cry but I will not drink. I can go to bed early or I can go home early. Shitty things can happen to me, my family or my friends, I will not drink. Also amazing things can happen to me, my family and my friends, I will not celebrate with alcohol. I can be bored, stressed or restless and I will not drink. I can have a hard time getting to sleep but I won’t drink. I commit to 100 days of taking a break from this crap!
    Day 1

    • my lovely, it may be that you need a bit more support than you have now. you can begin with 30 days, then extend from there, but make sure you add on some tools/supports, too. hugs

  • “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.” To add to this, I will not drink even though I know my marriage is falling apart, and I have to be superwoman in my fmily for my husband, for my mother, be the breadwinner, and look after everything else in between. I will not use alcohol like i have for the past 22 years as a crutch, as a ‘friend’, it’s wholly consumed me. NO MORE. Day 1 for the n th time! 100Days!

    • As I read your comment it gave me chills because it’s as if I had written it!!! I also have been drinking for 21 years, my marriage falling apart after 20 years, and the date of my last drink same as yours. I see myself in your mirror and hope we can get through this journey successfully. Best wishes! I’ll be thinking of you and cheering you on! We’ve got this!

  • On Day 14:
    “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.”

  • I completed 30 days in January. 4 months later and the drinking and anxiety that led to that break has come back even stronger. I was planning to do 90 days before so 100 days feels right – currently at day 5…

  • Hey I’ve done 100 twice fell back so started again feel better this time want to quit for good 85 Days and counting

  • Day 1. I will not drink for 100 days no matter what. I may scream and cry. I may be around other drunks because of proximity but I will not drink. I need accountability by people who understand. So I am here and I am going to push through this.

  • “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.”
    Day 3 sober. 20 + years as a binge drinker. 10 of those, miserable, low, self hatred, anxiety, depression, harmful soul stealing crap & alone in my thoughts.. in more recent months, the feelings of suicide entering my head. All because I drink. I stopped the day after my birthday June 18. Day 3.

  • I’m on day 8, and I haven’t slept this well in ages. I’m so, so tired though. Sleepy AF at about 5:30pm every day. Today, I had my first pity party. Was trying to read all the things re sobriety. Got overwhelmed with the internets. Ended up on some yoga retreat web site with photos of people drinking tequila in Sayulita. Thought a yoga retreat search would be inspiring, not triggering. Now I’m sulking in my bed, writing this, reaching out, keeping calm, sobering on.

  • Day 1: “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 neighbor, or my friends. But there will be no booze. I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens…No matter what.”

    Enough is enough. The anxiety brought on by alcohol has become crippling and must end. There has to be a better way to live and I pledge to find it.

  • I have taken the 100 day pledge. I have had too many Day 1’s and I am quitting this circus. My last drink was Sunday June 16 at 8:00 PM (I think, but I was drunk so not too sure!!)

  • Day 1: I will not drink for 100 days. (My gut just did a clench.) No matter what. (Ok. Teeth gritted). I can cry but I will not drink. (Yes! Yes!) I can go to bed or go home early. (Good plan.) I might feel distressed (Ya think?) … but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. (Yup, used that one.) But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens…No matter what. I heard a recovering alcoholic once say, “Stop swimming around and hanging on to the outside of the recovery boat. Get in.” This is me getting in.

  • 36th Day sober. Going pretty well so far although the Festival season is here & many friends are off to embark on the musical adventures. I’ve got a bit of ‘fear of missing out’ syndrome but I know in time this will fade & I will be strong enough to go to one somewhere down the line. In 36 days I cannot believe how positive I feel & many people have commented that I look much younger. I’ve enrolled on 2 courses & getting healthy once again. Onwards & upwards! x

  • 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.
    Date of last drink: 11 May 2019

  • I have decided to quit alcohol entirely. I am absolutely certain about this. I hereby pledge to never drink alcohol again. Date of last drink Sunday 9th June.

  • “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.”
    Tired of being tired and too exhausted for life and my kids and blaming a busy family life, tired of munching painkillers like they’re smarties to deal with the headaches and body aches that come with a daily or 3 nights a week wine life! Too tired to exercise and look after myself, a crutch to deal with stress, enough is enough I will find other ways to ‘cope’ xxxxx
    Sharon
    Last drink 22 May ( 2 weeks sober)

  • 500 today. Had a lot of day ones. Years if not decades worth. This time I got a good therapist and started to unpick what I was hiding from. I am slowly starting to understand who I am, and how I got here. My anxiety, stomach pains, leaden tiredness and all that jazz have largely gone. My new favourite drink is tonic and bitters (which are technically alcohol but administered in droplets, so perhaps half a teaspoon of bitters in half a pint of tonic, on its own it’d be like that stuff you paint on your nails to stop you biting them). Anyway, never give up giving up. If I can do it, so can you xxx

  • “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.”

    I want to put this online to hold myself accountable. I AM TRULY FREAKING TIRED OF THINKING ABOUT DRINKING!!!!!!! Date of last drink : Monday May 27, 2019

    NOT TODAY

  • Day 004 – for about the tenth time this year. Not doing it alone this time, I WILL make 100 days and beyond – even though my husband drinks on, regardless.

  • 50 days!!!! Half way there although really I think/hope this is me done with drinking forever. It’s definetly getting easier although I had 2 patches of cravings this weekend – so much harder on boozy bank holiday weekends. Thankfully was well stocked on NA beer which quells the cravings well.

    Ready to face the next 50 days 💪🏻🙂

  • I am on day 5. Been trying to get past day 1 since January. Tried and failed twice. Thanks to Belle and her support, I have broken thru and am committed to accomplishing the 100 day sober challenge. Feeling a little better already but still have a very long way to go. Currently reading Jason Vale’s book, “Kick the drink easily” and look forward to reading Belle’s book afterward (waiting on delivery). Thank you Belle!

  • Day 3 again! Reading Tired of Thinking About Drinking. Just printed off my 100-day Pledge. Getting support, using tools, taking some time out and paying attention. Grateful for a place to come where others understand what it is like to want to remove alcohol. Thanks Belle!

  • I am on day 3. I will not lie, I am struggling to even think clearly. Over the last year I have spent a fortune making myself sick. Days lost to anxiety, depression, regret and despair. The ups, the blackouts, the downs the rout. But I am committing to 100 days. I will track my progress each day by journal-ling and reading these comments. I am determined to turn my life around for the better and make MYSELF happy.

  • 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.

    Today is day one

  • 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.

  • Monday morning 6am sunny seafront cycle – despite being up with poorly kids in the night. Back now re-charged for a day with the poorly ones while my husband’s at work. I feel so much more able for this without a weekends worth of hangover. I hope so much I can hang on to this feeling and keep going. Day 36.

  • Day 101. I was a bit of a nightmare and genetic pre disposition to head down a bad road. Relationships improved, anxiety has changed – the low lows have gone as have the high highs but overall much better. Loads of support and delighted that I have taken this step. Just wish the sleep was easier. Take care

  • After many, many, many day 1’s I am again saying I will not drink today and will start the 100 day challenge
    This is my first time of actually posted. I need to be held accountable.

  • 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.

  • I’m now on day 73 of my 100 day challenge. I’ve managed a girls trip, stressful situations, joyful situations without alcohol. I feel good…… I’m doing the 100 day as a personal challenge, a reset of sorts, and I’m so glad I am. Whether someone is trying to quit for good, or choosing 100 days without, it’s a positive, rewarding experience, and I’m happy for everyone here that is making this effort for themselves!

  • Hello! I’m 27 days in, just did an hour and a half ride/run at 7.30am. This never would have happened when drinking! Got a party tonight but got a pregnant wing-lady for sober company and I know I’ll love driving home instead of staggering. Looking forward to hitting 30 days for a mini celebration and treat 🙂

  • «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.»
    I appreciate the accountability. I have made 30 days before, I can do this 100 days.

  • Day 10 today, feel like I’ve got flu, ache all over!!!! Had to skip my afternoon work to rest, had 2 naps and still felt bad but I don’t care cause I’m going to push on through! I can do this!

  • “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.” Day 9, lots of events coming up and I am viewing them with new eyes rather than thinking “great let’s get hammered” I am planning on driving, treating myself to afternoon tea’s, planning on decorating and catching up on so much reading. I can do this 🤩