#100DaySoberChallenge Day 12 – Continuous Days

i wanted to create this check-in space for today. the goal for the #100DaySoberChallenge is continuous days sober. in the comments, you can say how many continuous days you’ve had so far since January 1st. Maybe you’ve had 3 days continuously sober, or 8, or you’re working on today as the 12th continuous day?

In order to create a safe space here, i’ll make some general recommendations that you can think about before you post:

  • Enter your continuous days sober since january 1st (not your total days if you’ve been sober longer). this helps to create a more inclusive environment when we have a smaller focus on just january up to now.
  • Make an effort to use positive (or neutral) language. You can say “I’ve had 6 continuous days in January” versus “I’m on day 5 again.” I’ll edit out the word ‘again’ if you post that (!)
  • Leave out mentions of specific kinds of alcohol, types, brands, and colours. if you mention that you miss booze, that’s fine. if you say ‘i miss a clear glass of blah blah’ i’ll very kindly remove the entire comment.
  • Start a new comment and talk about YOU, rather than commenting on other person’s share. When we read about other people we feel less alone; it helps more than “you got this” from a stranger. and often when we comment on each other’s posts, someone is left out, some comments get more likes, etc.
  • Put in a screen name when it asks for your ‘name’ and just a reminder that email addresses are NOT displayed (EVER). i also approve every comment before it is posted 🙂

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

  • Hi there!
    I am on day 4 (3 full days sober). I’ve been trying to give up alcohol for several years (I’m not sure how long exactly, but over 5). My longest period so far is 9 days. I’m dreading the weekend as that’s when I usually fail, but I have written out my 100 day sober pledge and I intent to stick with it.

  • Day 23! Yesterday was possibly the roughest dealing with identify theft and the panic and lack of control associated with it but I made it through with no late runs to the store. This morning I am clear-headed with no regrets and no shame. Fear, yes, but that’s life, at least I’m present. 🙂 Life is hard for everyone and piling on a toxin doesn’t help me. Instead, I reached out for support and it made the difference. We aren’t alone! Thanks everyone!

  • Whoop whoop I’m working on day 18 without alcohol. I feel so much more present in life, looking forward not back with regret. Loving reading everyone’s comment, and love the recommendations for the comments Belle. With love from the UK

  • 16 days. Happy, happy, endless happy 😊 I feel great being AF.
    I’m so proud and so balanced inside me. I want this feeling go on 😄

  • Starting day 16 of continuous sobriety.
    Love waking up not depressed and actually liking myself again! It’s nice to know I’m not alone, and I plan to soldier on. Thanks for the support!

  • Today makes a total of 15 January days in 2021 that I’ve gone without a drop of alcohol. I ended an abusive and traumatic relationship in December that I often used alcohol to escape. Since letting go of that, I’ve been eating better, exercising, losing weight and reading BOOKS for pleasure. I never wake up and hate myself and that is the loveliest side effect.

  • Today is my 10th consecutive day being sober. I am amazed at the energy I have and I am so productive! This is my second time reading this book, and I was reluctant to comment but with this much forward momentum I just had to share!

  • It’s Friday and my head is clear, my skin is glowing and I feel like me again! 14 sober days!
    Thanks Belle for your daily emails, wisdom nuggets, truth and crazy shit you are not afraid to say.

  • Hi
    12 days sober here in the UK. I posted when I was 2 days sober but it never appeared on here. Little disappointed, I think this is fantastic and I was hoping for a little support. Maybe my comment wasn’t right in some way? My apologies Belle if it wasn’t. Anyways I have made it to day 12 and almost caved in to Wolfe this evening cooking tea and after an argument with my partner. But I didn’t.

  • Waking up to Belle wisdom and looking forward to Day 14 of being sober. I am loving the freedom that letting go of alcohol gives. Bye bye time-waster, welcome opportunities to expand my life.

  • Day 13. For the first time in a long time I actually feel relaxed…no more anxiety, no more thinking where I can get my next drink, no more hiding bottles (or boxes-they don’t make a sound in the bin) of wine….the list goes on. Am loving the amazing quality of sleep now, and the constant chatter in my head seems to be getting less and less. Feeling so grateful to have found this support group as it really helps to know I’m not alone in this.

  • Hello on my day 13! I’m getting better at being sober and I am feeling a shift in myself and not thinking about drinking nearly as much. It seems to free up my mind and make me less stressed to take alcohol out of my mindset.

  • Hi, everyone! I am 12 days continuously sober on January 12! I find the support in this group amazingly helpful. I didn’t know anyone that was on the same journey and felt pretty alone in that. I love hearing your stories and Belle’s input and advice. I’m so much stronger and at peace these days. Thank you!

  • I’m at the 13 day mark.. I’m enjoying sleeping better, waking fresher and loving having a big glass teapot full of fruit tea to sip in the evening. It’s so much easier now hubby is doing it with me.

  • Day 13 for me, feel calm today and I know this is the way I need to keep feeling, so I’m just driving ahead in my sober car, not worrying too much about what everyone around me is doing, because I’m doing what is right for and good for me 😊

  • I’m finally doing this! Day 11 of no alcohol. It’s been a struggle a few times but if I just divert my attention elsewhere and move my body the intense craving stops within 10 minutes. How easy is that? I hope everyone is feeling good today, onward fellow warriors

  • On my 12th consecutive day sober, and feeling pretty good. Finished reading “The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober” which was brilliant. Belle’s emails are a huge support. Have been reading The Easy Way to Control Alcohol but am not totally convinced by it, so going to start “Quit Like a Woman” today. Thanks for being here Belle!

  • 11 days straight and I feel… just ok? I am so happy for those that are already feeling *SO FABULOUS*! But I am just not there yet. I can say with certainty that I feel very proud to be doing the work. I want to get there.

    • 12 straight days and yep, I’m with you. Sleep is not great for me…wake up restless, crazy dreams and not sleeping many hours. Witching hour is wobbly. But I’m using way more tools this time – podcasts, books, Belle’s emails/blog, old TV series (currently House), & working on projects that never got done. I’m also trying urge surfing. Seems to be working.

  • I’m now on my 13th dry day of January, and very happy to be so. I’ve had a couple of no-alcohol drinks, (fake alcohol) and I’m not sure I’ll continue with those. It feels a little too close for comfort. And I seemed to have a hangover one morning from it!! Good luck everyone!!

  • I’m on my 12th consecutive day alcohol free and feeling great! Tired of thinking about drinking just sums it up for me. Unbelievable the amount of headspace taken up by the endless debate with yourself about drinking or not drinking on a daily basis. It’s a relief to be done with it!