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 neighbor, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? Im not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens…No matter what
    Too many days ones. Has never turned out any way but crap so it needs to end.
    Last drink 3/11/20

  • 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: March 17, 2020

  • Day 26. Your pod about the yearning really helped me today. It’s not the beer I want. It’s what I think I want. It actually makes my anxiety 100 times worse. Diana evans

  • “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.” Started Monday 9th March so day 10 only 90 to go 🤞🤞🤞 although I want this to be forever

  • I will not drink alcohol for 100 days, no matter what. I can cry but I will not drink. I can go to bed, have a bath or go home early. I might feel unhappy, but I will not drink. Sick of wasting money on alcohol, sick of feeling anxious and sleeping badly. I’m sick that alcohol is still dominating my thoughts. I’m not drinking for 100 days, whatever happens.
    Today is day 58, last drink 19th January 2020!

  • Day 22
    I’m gunna start a new blog : tiredofthinkingaboutthecoronavirus (not really)
    I know its serious but I hate anything that separates me from my family, brother up North, parents in France. I’m going to do a jig when it’s all over.xxx

  • Day 2 of 100 day challenge. My day 100 will be June 23. I’ve been sober for a few months and then relapsed. I’m here because things have gone right back to where they were and I’m tired of this cycle. Putting tools together to commit to this challenge.

  • A few shit thing have happened recently, one of which is that two big jobs of mine have just been cancelled due to the Coronavirus , I work in the events industry, not a great industry to be in right now. I would normally dash into my local shop and buy wine to numb my worries but I didn’t this time and haven’t done so for quite a few days now, I haven’t had wine for about 10 days straight but I decided to start the 100 day sober challenge on 1st March, so the dry days before 1st were a run up to the start day for me. I can’t take the wine blues any more, I can’t thrive and survive if I keep drinking,it’s a bloody struggle, so as Belle says, have little sober treats instead, it’s cheaper too! I had a hot chocolate and biscuits tonight. Life is so much more manageable without the fking booze! I have more patience too. I never drank more than a bottle of wine, sometimes only half a night, then two or three days off then I’d start again, but the issues have slowly been creeping up on me physically and mentally, and at the age of 52 I need to take even more care, I can’t deal with the dark side any longer, it tips me right over the edge. I want to rebuild my confidence too. Right I’ll shut the f**k up now! Day 4.xx

  • I am reading Catherine Gray’s book The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober and decided to try Belle’s 100 day challenge. Today is day 1. This after 7 days not drinking and for reasons unknown drank again last night. I definitely need accountability and support. My partner is co-dependent and my close friends are drinkers and I have isolated myself from the positive influences in my life to hide my drinking. I am hopeful that this program will give me the support I need!

    • Catherine Gray’s book is what led me here too I’m 10 days sober managed 3 months last year then did the classic one while I’m out won’t hurt the rest is pretty obvious! I hope this helps you I too have close friends who are drinkers so it’s very scary good luck x

  • Hello again I’m very new here…had 5/6 days off wine so far in Feb and going to start the 100 day today…1st March a nice clean slate. Reading Belles TOTAD book. Trying not to get overwhelmed with my new mindset, if I get over optimistic I think I’m going to ruin it for myself meditation helps. Eating well and sorting out my sleep. Also trying no to regret how I’ve put wine in front of all my other passions in life the last 25yrs .

  • After spending last year stopping and starting, I’m committing to a longer period. Stopping and starting sucks. My last drink was Jan 5. So at 48 days, am halfway to 100. Seems like a good goal at this point.

  • “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.”

    ​Here goes another try!!! Namaste everyone. Miss SC 🙏

    • 1. Drinking will not bring the dog back 2. How many times because of the drinking did the dog get ignored or not have the best life had you been sober 3. Sober dog mom is the way to go ! Be strong your health is more important then having that drink

  • I will not drink alcohol for 100 days, no matter what. I can cry but I will not drink. I can go to bed, have a bath or go home early. I might feel unhappy, but I will not drink. Sick of wasting money on alcohol, sick of feeling anxious and sleeping badly. I’m sick that alcohol is still dominating my thoughts. I’m not drinking for 100 days, whatever happens.
    Today is day 11 – my last drink February 2, 2020

  • Day 9 after 30 years of drinking mosly every day apart from during 3 pregnancies and numerous deathly hangover days. Not sure how I managed to start this. It wasn’t really planned. Bought the book on Monday started Tuesday! Going ok so far once the “witching” hours are dealt with.

  • Day 53. Never thought I would be here. I’m slowly revamping my life and habits. I used to think, “I could have/need/want a drink right now,” dozens of times a day and week. It’s fading, though I still wonder if and when I’ll have a drink again. But if I do, it will be AFTER I finish 100 days sober! And the more I read and learn, the more I’m convinced it might be NEVER.

  • I done this before and lasted 110 days for some reason I decided to drink on day 111. Anyways this is day 2 for me, the main reason I am doing it is because I miss how good I felt the last time.

  • Today is day one, I so desperately want to stop. I’m currently recovering from a two-day bender (I missed work, of course) and what I really really need is accountability. I live alone and am super closeted so I have no one to witness my disgusting behavior. I need help…

  • I had my last drink on 30th Dec 2019 (I did not want to wake up new years day with a hangover as that usually sets me off drinking again). I told everyone I was doing dry January as people accept that reason rather then the fact I’ve had liver issues and drank on average 100 units a week. Now January is nearly over I’m already being bombarded with ‘YOU CAN HAVE A DRINK THIS SATURDAY’. So, I’m pledging no drinking for 100 days (and beyond). By doing this it will shut the humans up from trying to persuade me to drink, and treating me like I’m some sort of freak by not drinking!!!!! Its been hard at times this month but I’ve done it, my 100 days start tomorrow the 1st of Feb. Come rain or shine I need this for my mind, body and soul. Sending positive thoughts to all those doing this too. X

  • I need to be sober. I cant die from drinking its just not the life i have planned. My last day of drinking was 23/01/2020. I will start the 100 day sober challenge. I will cry, I will be sad and angry but I will not drink. I will lock myself away if i have to. The voice in my head is booming negativity and I need to take control of it and put it in the fire. I have struggled detoxing these last couple of days but i know i have to keep telling me it will pass. If i can do 100 days then im ready to do a lifetime

  • I am on day 24. I gave up for 9 months about three years ago then stupidly went back to drinking as much as ever. I heard Belle for the first time today and am signing up for the 100 day challenge. 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!!!!
    I will not drink for 100 days, because I really don’t want to, and I’ll try to remember that as I go along. I’m ready for change. Here I go… Today is Day 1. Last drink was Jan 22, 2020.

  • Day 22. My app tells me I have missed 88 drinks, worth 76 euros. That sounds fantastic, but I know that isn’t true. I was being very modest when I filled in how much I drink. One bottle must have 4 glasses….. I probably have roughly a bottle a day… hmmm… BS. I’m not proud of how I was, but I am a teeny weeny little bit proud of day 22. Wasn’t sure I could do it. It hasn’t been easy at all, and some days I waver, and wonder if I should have one, maybe starting now I can just enjoy a few social ones a week??? But I know that won’t work, I’ll try to keep at it. It really isn’t easy….

  • I will not drink alcohol for 100 days, no matter what. I can cry but I will not drink. I can go to bed, have a bath or go home early. I might feel unhappy, but I will not drink. Sick of wasting money on alcohol, sick of feeling anxious and sleeping badly. I’m sick that alcohol is still dominating my thoughts. I’m not drinking for 100 days, whatever happens. Today is Day One. Date of last drink 1/19/2020

  • I’m on day 18. Never felt more like a better version of me….we’ve had a family issue and my first thought is ‘where’s the wine’ how has other people overcome this?

  • Hi, I’ve tried this before but without the support it didn’t work. I have the ability to not drink for weeks or even months. Feel great, meditate, work out, eat healthy and my relationships flourish. My career explodes. I’ll then celebrate on vacation or birthday, wedding ect with “one drink” and it snowballs into drinking over 26 ounces a day, hiding empty bottles, sneaking around so my significant other doesn’t find out and I eventually feel like death after a week or two. My last bender Over x-mas I woke up on the kitchen floor after having guests over. So far no one knows I slept there… I haven’t had a drink since December 27/ 2019. I need to make a change, I have a baby daughter on the way due in May.

  • After reading Catherine Gray ‘the unexpected joy of being sober’ I realised how much I suffer from drinking. Some of my friends and family seem to just be able to have a few drinks then stop. I unfortunately cannot. One pint leads to two, then to five and I constantly wake up in the morning having no recollection of the night before. I’m 35 now and I’ve been drinking regularly for 20 years. I really want to stop! So here I am! 4 days into this 100 day challenge! X

    • Nice Danny, I just read that book too and also recently committed to not drinking (Dec 29). Great book, I’m not one to read a book but tore through it in a weekend. I always thought stopping drinking would suck, but when you weigh all the benefits and pay attention to them blossoming, it makes it easier. So far! Now to not cave…ever.

  • I’m on day 4 of the 100 day challenge. I love your podcasts! I appreciate your help in this new journey into life I’m taking.

  • Belle, thanks so much for all that you do! I love your daily emails and your blog has really been a fun, enlightening and incredibly helpful read. I was tempted tonight for the first time in a while, and I thought about how disappointed I would be if I drank and missed out on this challenge. Day 27. I’m stronger for it. And, while I didn’t have the red wine, I had a ginger beer and honestly, the feeling passed in about 5 minutes. And I feel great. It’s like a muscle, you build up your reps!

  • I am on day 8 and I’m angry. I’m angry that I can’t just have a drink. I have been a heavy drinker for 20 years and I am sick and tired of it. Last year I went 4 months without a drink but one, lead to two, lead to a bottle and right back at it. Without booze I have so many good things, energy, sleep, clarity, pride but as I write all that, I’m still mad I can’t just have a drink😞.