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

  • Just started on this website. 13 days in. TBH the thought of 100 days – a bit scared actually… How weird. I think deep down I’m scared to face myself

  • First sober Date was 21st Jan to 4th May (103 Days) this year. I said I’d have a drink on my birthday as I thought I could control it this time.
    Well Least to say I was back to binge drinking, smoking and doing cocaine within a matter of days. Depression was creeping back into my life after frequent heavy usage and I could feel I was losing all hope again. I knew if I didn’t change now and for good I’d become the very person I knew I didn’t want to be.

    Today marks 63 days sober (1st October new sober date), I feel okay, I get bouts of frustration, anger and depression but I’m trying to push on. The worst part is I’m surrounded by people using daily, even people I work with and I can’t escape it just yet (I work in a pub). I just know this festive period will be hard but I’m determined to push on. We can do this, strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

  • Well yesterday I drank from school drop off till bedtime and I can’t remember what time that was but I do remember swimming in the pool with my daughter and she asking me not to drink anymore. So this is the first time I have tried this but I’ll give it a go. I have to go to my husbands Xmas party on Saturday night so I won’t be able to not drink that night.

  • Belle thank you for all that you share….I am on day 141.. in the being, if I didn’t get your kind and loving emails sent to me, I am afraid, I would of been sad, that I wouldn’t of been able to really stick with this!

  • I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. No matter which Christmas, New Years or other party I am at. No matter the state of my mood, my marriage, my anxiety. I deserve better than foggy evenings followed by crappy sleep followed by a pounding headache in the morning. I will reach out to my sister to hold me accountable. (She told me about this site)

    I’m tired of thinking about drinking.

  • Hi there! This is my day one. I currently reading the unexpected joy of being sober. I am really looking forward to this challenge. Please wish me luck. SE

  • 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: 18th November 2019

  • Day 37
    Still sober. Shocked, surprised, proud, freaked out, riding a hormonal rollercoaster ( think that’s more the menopause rather than the abstinence mind you) but still sober. Scared of what happens after 100 days but have a very sincere And genuine feeling that I’m going to meet that deadline, stronger and more optimistic than I’ve felt in 30 years.

  • Not sure I’ve been here before. Whatever number sober day I have got up to before is a bit fuzzy. I guess that tells me the last time I tried being sober with any gusto was quite a while ago.

    Day 6 is a Saturday which means I’ve got past a Friday night. Again I don’t think I know of a Friday night which wasn’t drowned in wine- Just to celebrate the end of the week. I think this is worth a treat and so I will pick the last of the roses from the garden,(I would buy a bunch but I’ve got to wait til pay day).

    The roses will be a visual reminder I am sober. A visual tool in the freshly decorated sitting room that says I can do this. Since the sitting room was finished, no wine has been consumed in it. I like this. It feels like a physical statement. It’s like the sitting room is a sober place. Wolfie is not allowed in.

  • Day 4. This is the first time I have been able to write on the Blog as I was taken to hospital Sunday and have just been released today (Thursday) after a detox programme. Started my journal and doing as Belle suggests. Feel very dizzy and not really with it, I suppose because of the sedatives. Feeling determined, I hope I am using the right place for support? I have a loving wife and 2 grown up children who I scared the absolute life out of last Sunday. I can’t go back there. I hope I can beat Wolfie.

  • Got to day 77 then thought I would be ok to have a few drinks when I went out with a friend, the voice had been in my head for a couple of weeks, should I drink should I not, well I did, can’t remember coming home and the next day was hell.
    I am now on day 3 again and feel let down and angry by my husband and so called friend who have been encouraging me to drink, although the buck stops with me and my ability to say no instead of trying to please everyone, I need to get some strength from somewhere x

  • I am so grateful to this website, it makes such a difference… I am planing on ordering the book today..
    Tired of thinking about drinking for sure…It has been hard! I am on day 114 and this group reminds me of how much joy, I will have if, I just follow through,, I need the help, and getting Wolfie out of my head, is the hardest thing.. to do!
    Thanks Belle I appreciate you!

  • Ok so I have sucked at several attempts to string more than 5sober day’s together. Then I gave up trying. Wolfie got me and took me to his lair. I’m crawling out. This is Day One. The first Day One in a long while. It’s a sunshiny day. There is so much going for me, I have to stop failing at Day Ones.
    I’m tired about thinking about drinking. Today I leave it behind. I’m picking up a paintbrush and painting a way through it giving a fresh new look both to my home and my heart. Wish me luck xxx

  • On day 2. It’s Saturday night and the voice inside my head is screaming, “You need a drink because it’s Saturday night! – What a waste of a weekend”.

    I’ve ignored it until now (9.15pm). It then started adding, “Go on quick…..if you have a drink now you’ve just about still got time before bed.”

    It’s hideous. I know I will be sooooo pleased in the morning. Taking myself off to bed early to shut up the voices.

  • In one hour I will celebrate my 6th year of total sobriety, a journey I began with the pledge and the challenge. I haven’t revisited the site in a couple of years but I have used Belle’s gifts consistently over the years. I am healthy, happy and lucky to have silenced my wolfie (for me it is a snake 🐍). But I am ever vigilant and know that is my only way of keeping it that way….I always credit this site with my sobriety whenever the topic comes up!

  • Day 2……slept awful last night. Really want to detox so I can enjoy some sober sleep it’s a big reason to give up. One of the many reasons.

  • “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 2.
    Here’s to the 100 day no drinking alcohol challenge. I’ve done it before, this time I will go further and further.
    Today I am not drinking. Here’s to keeping the momentum. Onwards and Upwards 👌
    Nomoreday1 😀