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 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?

  • 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😞.