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

  • Day 10 for me . I know going forward I will need support to make it to 100 days . Looking forward to hearing about Wolfie , how to silence himand learning about self care to help me stay on the road. Looking forward to being a gran one day . A present and sober gran. Also looking forward to my daughters wedding next year . Present and sober , remembering every moment and having no concerns about getting enough to drink , making a fool of myself or next day regrets. Date of last drink 29/4/21

  • I have a ‘good’ excuse. My drinking is not (yet) at a dramatic level, but I NEED it to stop feeling sad. My grandson died 18 months ago. One of triplets, family live in Australia, so I can’t even get to my daughter or the 2 remaining brothers who are growing up too quickly. The pandemic has made things worse, or has it just made it easier to pretend?

  • Day 1 sober … again. This has to be my last day 1, I want to be the best version of myself and make my dreams come true – not live this nightmare anymore

  • Day 3 of not drinking. I’m honestly relieved to have made this choice, and am excited to see how my life improves.

  • I’m on day 44…I was feeling great until I went to the doctors today and he told me I needed to loose 20lbs! I said sheesh doc I quick drinking I thought the weight would be down so I might as well start again! We laughed together (but inside I was serious….my Wolfie was in overdrive). I have be with zero alcohol for 44 days which is huge..I do drink NA beers like Heineken Zero but only have one here and there just when I have a craving for a drink which has really reduced which I am happy about but after my doctors appointment the urge to leave there and go to the liquor store was huge like a Day 1 urge..uhhh I felt defeated! But I didn’t didn’t tho..I went to the grocery store instead, stocked up on healthy foods and I told myself my reason for not drinking anymore was to change my lifestyle for the better, this change in my diet will only help me reach my goal that I created for myself. I guess what I was so honestly so shocked about that my strong urge to drink again could just pop up like that …I didn’t really belive all this time that I actually had a true “drinking urge” maybe I didn’t want to believe it but I realize now I do from today’s situation. I’ll add that new knowledge to my path on sobriety and keep fighting even harder for myself. Thanks for listening!

  • Day 12 for me. Absolutely committed to make it to 100. I went 8 months sober from July 2016 to March 2017. Started up again SO slowly…just one drink…just a few times a month…then it increases SO gradually and blah blah blah. When covid started in March 2020 and my kids got sent home from school I thought “I can have a little wine every night, it’s a pandemic for crying out loud” got back to basically daily drinking which was a place I swore I would not be again. Doesn’t help that my husband is a drinker and we have a wine/spirits storage closet in the basement and a separate closet just for alllll the port he is aging. (luckily, I hate port.) But I’ve dusted off all my sober tools from before and I’m reading Belle’s books and adding more. I can see what messed me up before and I’m going to really use my tools this time when hard situations come up.
    Some of my favorite Belle analogies are:
    (1) sobriety being like a little chick that you have to carefully protect so it doesn’t get squished (we had chickens and chicks when I was a kid, the chicks ARE super delicate as my younger sister can tell you what happened when she accidentally stepped on one).
    (2)each sober day being a brick in the wall between me and the voice/wolfie. I need waaaaay more bricks to make my wall higher/longer/stronger. I only have 12 bricks today and that’s way too easy for him to get around so I am being vigilant and using my tools!

  • Hey Belle – just checking in on 1,202 days sober! All because of you and my ‘not today’ bracelet! You and the rest of my sober support gang changed my life – thank you (such insufficient little words). Everyone here, just keep going, one day at a time! Love Sarah x

  • Just coming out of the 100-Day Sober Challenge joint journey working on my personal day 195 „i‘ve been sober for all 2021. i’ve been sober during a global pandemic. i don‘t get out of my sober car for nothing!“ 🚗 💨 💨 💨 Here is my new pledge (thoroughly typed not copy paste 😎): „I‘ve done 100 [194] days sober, and I know my life is better. It‘s not always easy, but I am moving in the right direction. I‘d like to continue going in that direction. And I‘d like to see what happens next. I will not drink for 180 days … not even if my partner drinks, not if I need surgery, nor if there is a zombie apocalypse (or a global pandemic). No matter what. Because I want to see what happens next.“
    Thank you so very much, dear Belle, for all you do & being here! May the universe bless you. Xoxoxo ❤️🙏

  • Day 1. I am loosing my children over this drinking. Why is a glass of wine more important than my kids? The longest, pregnancy aside, sober period was 4 months 3 years ago.

  • 100 days, I did it!! Hit a wall with depression and questioning everything about 2 weeks ago but stayed the course. Added more tools including, first time ever, reaching out to a close friend for help. My plan – DON’T celebrate with you-know-what (silly wolfie!) and keep going with 80 more days no matter what.
    Thank you Belle!

  • I’ve been drunk almost every day in March and today ends a 17 day bender. I’m tired of drinking and I’m scared to stop cuz I don’t believe I can. I’m not gonna get anywhere in life if I keep this up. I know I’ll be happier if I can cut it off completely. Day 1 sober.

  • I will not drink alcohol for 100 days (10×10 days cos that seems like it will work in chunks) I am on day 5 (again) last attempt I got to 54 days but went on a night away with my hubby who convinced me that I had ‘proved myself’ , so ok to moderate…well, he has now seen how serious this is and that I really cannot moderate (long story) today I have been flying off the handle and crying over nothing….the brain is an amazing organ and needs to be respected! It’ll be interesting to see the changes in me after all of these years over drinking every weekend for on/off 30/40 years….documenting each day and checking in with Belle podcasts every night or whenever things get tough…trying to relax, take breaths, time out, self care, treats…each and every day, to top up my sober car x

  • Day 1 – 29 March 2021. Failed over the weekend. Miserably. Woke up this morning feeling like shit, and absolutely determined never to feel like this again. Day 100 will be the day my daughter turns 6. No better time to start, as it will be the perfect gift for her. The best version of her mother.

  • Day 1 again! I can’t drink it doesn’t suit me but the wine witch wins more often than not. Not anymore if others can quit so can I!

  • Wow! I am so happy I found this. I have been struggling with this for 5 years now, and I can’t find a way to break the habit. I would really love to try this and succeed. Day 1 – March 23rd, 2021