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 started my attempt at continuous sobriety on January 1 and so far, have been successful. I am now on day 12. 😀

  • Today is day 6, my first attempt at something like this. Tapered down pretty strictly for three weeks before starting to cushion the physical blow. Feeling ok, some mood swings and general edginess, really tired and a bit sad. But in this for real. Really glad to have come across these support resources!!

  • I got to 117 days last year and unfortunately had a celebration drink so 8 months later am starting again. Every Sunday I move $150 into a savings account. It represents wine drunk at home and in restaurants, beer at home and in bars. It has some positive motivation effect to keep going.

  • I think about drinking all day long and in the night if I wake up. Struggling. Discovered this challenge last night at midnight.

  • Even though it’s a lockdown weekend my neural pathways (thank you Catherine Gray) were telling me, ‘it’s the weekend: drink drink drink drink drink!’. Can anyone recommend a good drink to have with food? A lot of soft drinks are very sweet. Used to love Aqua Libra but it’s been gone for years.

  • “I will not drink for 100 days!
    On day 6. Feel better and sleeping better already. I am reading your book at the minute x

  • I’m on Day 5 and am also tired of thinking about drinking. Reading Catherine Gray and feeling like I can do this.

  • I’m 40, recently separated and 100% committed to living a happier healthier life for myself and my children. The sledgehammer hit me on the 28th December when after a long lunch I passed out in front of my children leaving them completely unsupervised. A mix of recently commenced Anti Anxiety medication and alcohol had a terrible and ugly effect on me. I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the person looking back at me.

    I’d find all sorts of excuses to have a drink; a Christmas party, an old anniversary, shit day at work, struggling to get through bed time, to drown my sorrows… But when my son looked at me with tears in his eyes and a look of horrified fear I knew that there had to be no more excuses.

    I completed a month of sobriety last year with great success and actually found it quite easy but as soon as it was done I reverted back to the heavy, frequent drinking I’d become accustomed to. Not this time. I’m committed to 100 days and perhaps even longer.

    Day 5 and feeling fab. I’ve apologized to my children and promised them I will never put them through that fear or experience again. I’m doing this for them, but most of all me. Thank you for the support

  • Day 6. Wolfie was a little persistent this afternoon, but the sleep! The joy of waking up with no guilt, no anxiety, remembering everything about the night before… no way Wolfie. I’m not giving this up!

  • Day 100! I am determined to go further as it feels so incredibly much better. Thank you for being here!

  • Day 6 – Made it through NY Eve. Phew
    Tried this before, but didn’t make 100 days.
    Going to get there this time!

  • Day 1 for me! Heading to bed now, successful. Looking forward to day 2. A little nervous, but also excited – I accomplished so much today! Loved your book – it’s the first one that has made sense to me. I’m looking forward to a month from now and all
    that comes after. Happy new year – grateful to read your posts!

  • Day 1 complete! But it’s 2am and I can’t sleep. No matter, I know it will come. Happy to be here, in more ways than one.

  • Happy sober 2021!
    Working on day 95 today, I am so very happy I kept my little car on the sober lane. Actually, sober New Year‘s Eve turned out to be totally doable. Thank you, Belle 🙏❤️ , for reminding me and us that alcohol is not required. Never.
    Hang in there! Together we can do this! Happy sober 2021 to everyone! 🥳☕️

  • Day 1 for me today. Last night is a blur. I am anxious, afraid and excited all at the same time. Wish me luck. Happy New Year everybody. xxx

  • “Aloha!” from Hawaii! Last drink: 17 November 2020. I quit for my health. Cold Turkey. “Mahalo!” (Thank You) for being accessible & available.

  • Dear all, this is to say „Thank you!“ to you all and especially to Belle for hanging in here during this weirdest year of all times!!! Working on day 94, I feel it is safe to say that bumping into Belle’s book and blog and audios and her advice and support and the sober universe while reading Catherine Gray‘s „The unexpected joy of being sober“ (an absolutely recommendable read!) was the best thing that could have happened to me in 2020. I will never again try to do it alone in my Wolfie head. It is all about reaching out and trying different and adding on more layers of support in case of struggle. Together we can do this. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being here! Xoxoxo

  • I have been working on being sober since October. I have binged 2 times since October 30th! Last time, December 26th. The pain of hangovers, shame and regret as well as the depressive state afterward is absolutely not leading my life in the right direction.

  • Good morning, I did this 100 day challenge a couple of years ago and loved the freedom that came with knowing that I wasn’t participating in alcohol consumption for 100 days, no matter what. I’m ready for a refresh and today is day 1. 12/30/2020. Not even going to wait to start on January 1! It’s time to commit and renew. Thanks to all here and I wish only the best to each of you as you navigate your way through your individual struggles and goals. Happy New Year. You can do it. You have the power. You have the choice. I’m choosing 100 days of not drinking! Posting it makes it a promise to myself….

  • Date of last drink: 19th December 2020. Despite being only 22, quitting alcohol is something I’m desperate to do. I have experienced multiple spells of sobriety, and you just can’t beat it. No anxiety, no hangovers, no shame & regret. This time I will take full responsibility for my actions and achieve my goal – to stay sober. Thank you for the support & community!

  • I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what happens, whether it be good things or bad things, to celebrate or to cope…nope. Not drinking. Today is day 12 and i almost blew it, I had a meltdown but realized i really needed a special drink or treat for comfort. I walked a mile to think about it (really the Hubbs dragged me out of the house, it’s not like I was able to figure that out on my own) then got some coconut water and mixed with sparkling grape juice. and thanks to this blog, receiving daily email from Belle, her live radio, reading Tired of Thinking About Drinking as well as other resources, I got through a meltdown with no alcohol. I’m exhausted. And tomorrow will be day 13, no doubt about it. So grateful!

  • I want complete the 100 days sober challenge by engaging as many tools as possible – my last drink was 6th December 2020. I feel like if any time is good it’s now! End this year the best way I can sober 🙂