#100daysoberchallenge – Day 2 – Nice to see you :)

just thought i’d open up this space where we can introduce ourselves. the goal for the #100daysoberchallenge is continuous days sober. you can say what day you’re on today, and later i’ll do another post and you can report in your continuous days so far.

you can put in a screen name when it asks for your ‘name’. and email addresses are NOT displayed (EVER). i also approve every comment before it is posted 🙂

you can say who you are, what day you’re on, and WHY you’re doing the #100daysboerchallenge

ok, i’ll start …

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

  • Hello Belle,
    I am on Day 30 today and am so happy. So much has changed for the better. My head is so busy with conversations to myself discussing how great it is to have been sober for the past 30 days. I have made no promises and only take one day at a time (secretly hoping to get to day 100).

    One of the major improvements is my running. For so many years I tell myself when I run “oh well if you hadn’t had a bottle of wine last night you would be running better today” or “imagine how fit you could be if you didn’t drink”
    Last Thursday I ran a PB over 2kms and the whole time I was running I kept saying “you can do this no excuses, you deserve it”
    Oh my god the feeling was overwhelming and I have you to thank.

    Belle there is so much more I could tell you but right now I find it very hard to express. Actually you are the only one that knows I am even on this challenge.

    I am happy, sleep well, have more tolerance, have slowed down, started to read again, look better, the days are longer and I am positive again…..

    LizW

  • Day 1 here. I have just been on a week long drinking marathon. I binge and keep binging. I stopped listening the podcasts! Which was a mistake. Thanks Belle.

  • Day 10!!! Which was my goal… but still going, i’m not ready to go back to day 1 so still protecting my chick (and not saying forever which would scare me and make Wolfie louder). Instead I listened to Belle at work and after got So Delicious ice cream and a puzzle … will be going to bed early!

  • Hi everyone, also very grateful for this site – thank you belle!

    I’ve tried to moderate, cut down, give up – many times over several years. I’m now on Day 2 of being sober but this time feels different. I know what to expect. I know it won’t be easy, but I know how others have succeeded and I plan to do the same. Belle’s words also gave me the confidence to share how I’m feeling with my (non-drinker) wife and that’s been very helpful too to understand what’s happening and why it’s so important to me to be sober.

    Thanks again!
    Chris

  • Just over it! I don’t know why, but I am amazed at how easy it is to slip back into old ways. Sick of wasting time & money. Also, tired of feeling tired & bloated & foggy & restless. Day 2 for me. Go us 🙂

  • Hi everyone,
    So grateful for this site!! We are not alone.
    I quit for 5 years…then began again…..slowly but surely it became a big ol cravey wolfie.
    I have worked so hard to try to manage my drinking. Control, rules….
    Shame, depression, anxiety. I’m just so tired of it.
    I’m 2 weeks without at this point. Devouring books and Podcasts.Belles wisdom and humor fills my heart with peace and hope.
    Sending love and support for all of us!!

  • I’m so grateful… reached out to someone I know who posted she was 100 days AF. She said: “read this book.” I did. After many, many years of (not really) trying to quit, this did it. I needed to hear that it’s all about CONSISTENCY. Not stopping and starting. Day 13 – a record. Loving the momentum!

  • Day 8. I drink to help with my anxiety and depression, but alcohol gives a false sense of security and I end up acting like a complete and utterly arse. The next day, the anxiety is even worse. The cycle needs breaking.

  • 2nd day sober. I AM TIRED OF DRINKING!! Feel like shouting it from the rooftops. Sick of feeling sick. I just wanted a ‘normal’ life, a merry go round instead of a roller coaster.
    I want to be me again, Katy, not vodka fuelled Katya…

  • Today is day 7. My first goal is dry January but as I’ve been reading books such as the unexpected joy of being sober I’m wondering if I’ll go for 100 days or even longer. I’m having a hard time imagining my life without drinking but I have A lot of regrets and shame from having drinking part of my life.

  • Day 3 after meeting my boyfriend’s mum for the first time and getting so drunk I blacked out and was sick, while she sat sipping her one and only drink of the night. I have always used alcohol to disguise my social anxiety but it just results in regret, shame and further anxiety. I want to find confidence in sober socialising.

  • I’m starting today. Day 1. This past year has been rough and I’ve started drinking daily. I’m a binger. When I start something I like it or I’m good at I cannot stop and keep doing it and doing it until exhaustion. It seem I’m good at getting wasted. I’m tired. I’m exhausted. I want to wake up feeling grateful, energetic, determined. There is always an excuse for drinking (it’s Friday night, it’s Saturday Night, Sunday Funday, long work day, feeling sad…). I want the excuses to stop appearing. No more excuses and start living fully.

  • Hi. I’m Lori. Today is day 1. Drinking has become a daily thing and I just want to be free. It feels like it is no longer a choice. As I’ve read so many times before as others have shared, I wake up with resolve, but by wine o’clock, I give in. and drink too much. and often sneak more… My sleep is disrupted and my weight is affected. I don’t feel like I’m being my best self.

  • On day 3 after an embarrassing zoom call with my partners friends where I ended up wasted at the end, acting a fool, and woke up with a terrible alcohol/shame hangover. After over 20 years since my first drink (thanks, mom) I’m done with cognitive dissonance that comes with my relationship with alcohol. I’m rooting for all of us!

  • Day 6 for me. I’ve been sober in the past for a few years and went back then sober and now the past 12 1/2 years have pretty much drank daily. Am so tired of being disappointed and disgusted in myself. I came across this site after reading (twice) The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray – I loved this book. Drinking has destroyed many things in my life and now I’m a wife and mother and I want to be the best influence to my son. I have a strong faith as well and drinking is definitely standing in my way of having a closer relationship to God. Thank you for this platform of support to help me through the 100 days and beyond.

  • Day 3. Found this website through The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, which I am currently absolutely ripping through as we speak!

  • Today is Day 5 for me. I’ve been sober off and on these past 4 years. Every time I went back to on, I quickly grew to hate it and always regretted giving up my sober lifestyle. I’m all in. Thanks for starting this for us Belle!!

  • Day 1 for me 1/5. Haven’t been checking email, so just saw the 100 day sober challenge last night. Did Belles dry July and continued to 45 continuous sober days. Was feeling so great and proud, but fell into the moderation trap since September. Time to get back on track.

  • 5 days sober in January. I´m doing this because I know, that my depression´s getting “manageable” without alcohol. With alcohol it´s out of control.

  • I’m on Day 1…. unsuccessfully stopped and started drinking…..?? I’ve lost track how many times.. I am seriously tired about thinking about not drinking. I hope this time sticks! Just coming across your support systems. Thank You!

  • I’ve read a ton of quit lit and how to be sober books. But I never really wanted to quit. Each time I’d start, I’d get to anywhere from Day 2 to Day 15 and Wolfie would say, “it’s ok to have wine (a bottle) tonight – you’ll get right back on track.” And then the rest of the month was trashed. Next month, same story, etc.

    I reached out to a friend, yesterday – my birthday, and a new year. I’d noticed her FB post a while back that she hit 100 days. But I didn’t want to bother her. Yesterday, she sent me a birthday wish and I answered with a question – are you still alcohol free? She answered with an enthusiastic YES and told me about Belle’s book. I’m sold. I want to do this, finally, after half-assed “trying” for years. This time I’m going to get that consistency in that I know will be the key to the self-growth I desperately need. I’ve learned from the Annie Grace’s material and others, but I think I’ve found a new home. Thank you!

  • Today is day 7 for me. I was on a roll & had 9 weeks under my belt then let stress & frustration knock me off that streak, so starting over. I have been trying to quit for 1.5yrs and 9wks was my longest! Unfortunately I’m a a high functioning alcoholic and so it makes it difficult to always tell myself I need to quit. But I do. Daily drinking until I pass out is not ok and even though I can function well the next day, I am not functioning at my best. And I want to be my best. I owe it to myself.

  • Morning of Day 2. I’m doing this because I have been lying to myself for a long time. My rules don’t work. I spend way too much time obsessing over how much wine to buy, when to start drinking, what my limits are and then promptly forgetting those limits. Everyday I feel like complete shit, but that’s become my normal so it doesn’t even phase me anymore. This morning I feel clear headed and I don’t feel nauseous. I only have the tiniest of headaches. My body feels confused, lol. Like it doesn’t understand why it feels good. Today I’m going to find another good sober read (I read Belle’s book in one day, yesterday) and drink a lot of tea and meditate. Hope everyone has a great day and gives Wolfe the middle finger!😂💜

  • Day 1. Again… I am doing this for my husband, 4 kids, and MYSELF. Tired of not remembering conversations the night before. Tired of waking up feeling horribly guilty I drink too much. Tired of sneaking around trying to hide it. Tired of trying to remember where I hid bottles, cans, mini shooters the next morning.

  • Day 4 here. Feeling pretty good. I feel a real commitment this time. So tired of even thinking about drinking…and drinking, itself, leads me nowhere.

  • Last year I tried Belle’s Dry July and surprised myself with the challenge. I completed all of July and kept going till mid Sept. I got tripped up when I flew overseas and drinks were plentiful but so too was anxiety…sigh. Then of course once on the elevator, hard to get off. So. Here I am. Monday morning, beginning Day 2. Wishing everyone good health on this journey. Oh, and thanks Belle!

  • Day 2 for me It’s great not knowing that I’m on my own doing this felt awful yesterday but feel bit better today strength in numbers AHA…..👌🙏👍

  • Hi I’m day 1. I so want to see if I can achieve 100 days and experience what it feels like to have my body clean of alcohol

  • Day 6. I’ve never really tried to stop drinking before. I’ve never thought about it as an issue but over the last few years, my consumption has undoubtedly increased along with my weight and lockdown boredom has led to my now firm belief that I do actually have a problem. Anyway, it’s all good so far, I’m exercising and eating good food and actually enjoying it but I know that the wino voice is never far away. She’s been quite so far but she’s there, waiting…

  • Day 227 today and I want to keep moving toward my first year free from alchohol, this life I’m creating is so much better than what’s behind me, even on the crap days. Onward 🙂

  • Today it’s day 2. I’m so fed up with my drinking and letting my family down cos I’m too tired to do anything… Today I choose me, no more wasting time pouring wine on my head. Wolfie screw you, you big fucker! Shut up and let me be fabulous for me and my family.