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 11 for me….I’m feeling exposed, excited, scared, elated and almost like I’m a jacket with the pockets turned inside out, a turtle without its shell. My husband has just left for a 5 day trip away- this will be a big test for me. Last time he went, I had an impromptu party with 3 drinking buddies, awash with a tsunami of booze and general chaos/shame/regret that goes with it. This time, I have Horlicks. Wish me luck…

  • Today is my 11th sober Oct. day … I am pumped. I have been sober for 5 years before so I know I have a long way to go but am taking 1 day at a time. Belle is my sole source of support at the moment but the e-mails, podcasts, etc. are working well so far. The mornings are the best – no guilt, no hangover, no shame – I was truly tired of thinking about drinking! This sober life is a much better way to live.

    • I have just found this site and wanted to say hello. You give me hope that I can beat this thing. I long for those mornings.

  • “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.”

    Lucy B. I’m excited to be free! I know life will be much better. I just hope my subconscious mind is done with it the way I am!

  • 912 days ago I was proud of myself for getting to 88 days, my previous record. I decided to go ahead and do 12 more so I could say I did the 100 day challenge. After that it became my new normal and I kept going and now I’m at 1000 days. It does get easier. Every day I wake up guilt free I am grateful. There are so many things I have done in the last 1000 days that I couldn’t have done if I didn’t make a change.

  • 43 days today, this weekend has been hard, my first time out in a situation where I would normally drink, just felt awkward and apart from everyone else, but I did not drink and felt good when I woke up this morning, my husband is still drinking alot and today I am feeling frustrated that he is just sitting around drinking beer while I am doing everything, I will not drink though no matter what happens x

  • I am 2 days not drinking. I drink to medicate myself – to feel like I’m not alone (bizarre – I know! – but I don’t haven many friends) and to ‘liven – up’ my life i.e. feel like I’m alive!
    I have a good understanding of my issues as a child abuse survivor. I see a therapist – but I keep falling back into the drinking well.
    I have a long-term history of stopping and then kidding myself I’m ‘good to go’ again.
    I think it’s complex for me. I’m lonely. My children have grown – so that role has mostly gone… I don’t have family because of their dysfunction and I’ve isolated myself a lot.
    I have grief and anger that I sometimes want to hide from – and this is mostly when I drink.
    I’m determined though – but that wolf is always growling…

  • I’m on Day 12 but battling with myself about whether I’ll have ‘a couple of glasses of wine ‘ when I visit my boyfriend in 2 weeks time. Do I really want to do that or is it Gollum (my Wolfie, Wolfie sounds too cute to me) who wants to do that??? I’m not sure but I’m already sick of thinking about it.

  • At 785 days sober, who on earth would get back on that downward spiraling elevator? Well, wolfie was really winding me up the other day trying to push me into the elevator and close the doors! and now he keeps reminding me that he wound me up! WTF? So, I’ve upped my sober supports and decided to do something different, which is…. posting here! Thank you all you amazing people who have posted here so candidly- you have helped me to fuck wolfie off my back- dirty rotten scoundrel! I’m going for a run and I’m going to listen to Belle’s OMMs!

  • First day for this blog. I stumbled onto it while looking for something else. I haven’t had a drink for 18 days, but this is my second time trying. I quit for 8 months a couple of years ago. I’m tired of trying to slow down. I want to be done with it.

  • Lurker here! For a few years now. I am actually on day 107! Whoop, whoop! Thank you, thank you for all that you do! You’ve been a HUGE part of my sobriety sticking this time! Everything in my life has changed- amazing! I’m also a special needs parent of 2- the stress is truly insane, I agree with Charm. But sober me is MUCH better equipped to take care of my boys! Onward to another 100 days!

  • 11 days! Thanks, Belle, for mentioning parents of a special needs children. You’re the only author I’ve found of a “Quit Lit” book or blog to recognize us! Our adult child is 33 years old and lives with us. Stress is a huge part of our daily life. Quitting alcohol has made me better able to take care of her. I also am not so depressed and have hope.

  • Day 6. I need to stop taking care of everyone else and everyone else’s problems and start putting me first. I need to take care of me.

  • I need to do this for me, for my life, for my relationships, for my success, for my health. I love my kind and generous and forgiving husband and am so tired of disappointing myself and him. I love my job and I’m tired of not doing it as well as I know I can. I know who I am, and this person who fades to black with drinking is not that person.

    “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 six for me, hopefully the very last of many, many day sixes since I started drinking again after four years of sobriety. I’m writing a comment because I haven’t done that before, and I’m feeling some feels that Wolfie has told me many times I can’t handle, and wouldn’t it just be easier to go grab a bottle of wine to suck down before my husband gets home? Wolfie assures me it will be different this time. Lol it seems way more ridiculous to write out than it sounds in my head. Which is helpful! Feeling less wound up already. And less alone, reading everyone else’s comments.

  • 150 days! And it’s so true that it really does get better and better. Even managing it with a very unwell relative and all the stress that brings. Can’t imagine coping with this with hangovers too. Hang in there anyone in the early days, it gets so much easier and so much better the longer you go.

  • Day 1. I’m tired of thinking about drinking. I’m tired of feeling like shit. I need to be nicer to myself. The longest I was sober was 15 months, and then I let Wolfie back in. It’s been a downhill non-stop roller coaster since then. I’m scared that I can’t do it again but I want to, and I need to. I’m putting it online and showing this post to my best friend.

  • Day 2. Tired but feel positive, no craving but I’ve been here before. I’m up for the 100 day challenge and have a friend who also is doing this. She introduced me to Belle’s book.

  • Today is my third day 1. I’m ready to believe in myself, hold myself accountable and finally be free from the mental grip alcohol has on me and my life. My mind is ready to be set free! I’m ready for 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 one ….. again. This time, I’ll take the advice of Belle and DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! So for the first time, I’ll go for the support of this site! Looked at self in mirror today and a puffy old bat looked back at me. I need good sleep!

  • Day 1, again.
    Drinking =Sadness for me.
    I don’t want to limit my life anymore. The self sabotage is too much. I want to really be ME again!!

  • Currently on Day 102. While on this journey I have read the following books authored by, Allen Carr (‘The easy way to quit drinking’), Craig Beck (‘Alcohol lied to me’), Jason Vale (‘Kick the drink… easily), Belle Robertson (‘Tired of thinking about drinking’) and Rosamund Dean (‘Mindful drinking’). They all had something to offer. My feeling being, even if you gain one good idea (or fact) it was worth the read. But I must add that the most resourceful books for myself were Belle’s and Jason’s. I was in a really bad place before starting and thank Belle for getting me going on this challenge. Number one reason, accountability. The daily e-mails and online tools were also instrumental. Her book was excellent in explaining and helping me through the 100 days. Besides Belle, I must thank everyone who opens up and contributes to this blog. Truly makes us all feel that we are not in this alone and have a lot in common. I liked the way Jason conveyed his message and dug down deep into the reality of alcohol use and alcohol distribution in his book. For those who are thinking about giving this a go, it is so worth it and there is no better time than the present! I will continue to keep fighting the good fight. Wolfie still does come a knocking from time to time, so just need to continue to stay one step ahead of him. Also find that regular transcendental meditation does help in overall clearer thinking. Just want to leave you all with two more notes. I feel that it is crucial to document in detail, how you feel physically and mentally before you start this challenge. You need not forget where you never want to be again! Belle does point this out in her book but I felt it would not hurt to put some emphasis on it here. Learn from your stumbles and move on. Good luck to all and never give up!

  • Day 12, had a hectic day yesterday and was very tempted to go to the wine, but with my new mantra “I will not drink, no matter what” I survived another day and today feel great x

  • Day 1 can’t remember how I got home last night, was in a hot tub, then woke up in bed no clothes on, must have walked home with swimming costume still on what a mess, hate hate hate myself today

    • Dont hate on yourself. We’ve all been there. I’m a ceo of a very big company, and I too have been there. Worse in fact. It’s alright Anne. What you should be saying is, “This behavior – it’s not like me. Why am I behaving this way?” Being in denial about alcoholism is there hardest part. Once you accept you have a problem with alcohol, you can accept that some abstinence from alcohol is a very wise choice. Stick to your 100 days. You can do this. Believe me. You will have days where you feel like you are not being rewarded for going dry. In fact you may have data you feel you are being punished for doing the right thing, but I swear you will start to feel like the old Anne very soon.

      • Thank you Stu,
        I am on day 26, and I have only just seen your comment, I am determined to do 100 days and more no matter what anyone makes me feel like, you have made my day today. Thank you again. Anne x

  • Hi Everyone, looks like I’m back to square 1, I had been sober for over 1000 days but that devious old wolf suckered me into handing over my sobriety about 12 months ago, the voice that told me that, I can handle it, I’m in control and it’s all ok, just a big old lie. I’m so disappointed with myself. Today is my day 1, wish me luck.

  • Hello Belle! Brought to you via Catherine Gray, so happy to find you! I am actually at day 103, challenging myself to another 100. Thank you for being you and all the helpful things you share!

  • Gary,
    I will not drink for 100 days. I’ve been drinking far too much for years now and everyday starts with me feeling like shit and being exhausted. My wife and three children deserve far better than this and so do I…..

  • I want to put this online to show myself I can do this and if or when i feel weak I will come back to this comment. 6th Aug 2019.

  • Day 1 – I have completed this challenge before however I’ve slid back into drinking too much again. I’m here to hold myself 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.”

  • My last drink was on Friday 19th July. Alcohol caused me to break my arm and be in hospital for two weeks… It has also affected my mental health over the years.

    I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. It will be hard at times but I am ready to change my life.

  • I will not drink for 100 days. I can get angry, grumpy and feel sorry for myself but I will not drink. I might eat too many cupcakes or bowls of ice-cream but I will not drink!!! Last drink July 20, 2019…..