#dryJuly Day 14 – Continuous Days for July

i wanted to create this check-in space for today. the goal for dryjuly is continuous days sober. in the comments, you can say how many continuous days you’ve had so far in july … 3 or 8 or 13 working on today as the 14th continuous day?

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, how many continuous days in july, and what’s the biggest thing you’ve realized so far in the past couple of weeks of doing this… #dryJuly

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

  • 15 consecutive days in July, I love waking up early and clear headed. Just completed my first sober vacation and I am very proud of myself.

  • The last couple weeks have been extremely stressful and I’ve been sober the entire time. There were definitely times that
    Wolfie told me to numb out and escape into a bottle but I told him to fuck off (loudly in my head, which really helped). I know that adding self loathing, insomnia and hangovers to the list of stressors will not make things easier right now or ever. So now I need to find the energy to keep up with self-care…

  • Tardy but still AF. What Ash said, really: some days it’s easy, sometimes it’s hard, but it is still always better. 15 days today in July … Get a bit down on myself when a day isn’t great, but that’s life, isn’t it?

  • 15 days continuously sober in July. Realised that alcohol doesn’t add anything good to any situation, it only takes. My anxiety is better, I feel calmer and more capable 😊 I’m waking up every day feeling grateful that I didn’t drink the night before!

  • Day 14 of dry July… I have learned so much, especially about that nasty Mr. Wolfie. Thank you Belle. Continuing to read, listen + learn to keep going. Hallelujah to feeling good on weekend mornings and no crippling hangxiety!

  • Day 14 in Dry July for me … I feel so much better physically and mentally. Making better choices for myself and tuning in to my authentic self. The journey continues…Alcohol Free!! Thanks Belle, your daily support makes a big difference. 💕🙏🏼
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  • Day 15 of July (Australia) and it’s been ok despite lockdown and a shoulder injury… because of course wine doesn’t actually fix these things – it might even make them worse. I’m eating through my stash of Cadbury’s Creme eggs saved purposely from Easter (my fave very sweet treat – wish could buy them year round!) and having lots of hot baths.

  • I’m doing dry July in Australia, with my 30 year old son . Who in March 2020 was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 28 . I am happy beyond words to say he is well now and cancer free. We are on day 15 , I look forward every day to waking up and reading a post from you Belle . It gives me encouragement to push through another day. Regards Deb.

  • Continuous Day 5 here. Have been taking naps nearly every afternoon, learning to find the “permission” within myself. Sobriety needs nurturing. Never, forever, still is an overwhelming thought, so I’m listening, Belle, and going with “not today” instead. Thanks for your support!

  • I am on Day 5. Made it 9 days, started June 29…and found myself relapsed Friday. I got right back on and am heading into Day 6. What I learned is that Wolfie’s voice gets louder after a relapse, because now he can say, “see, you’ll never make it.” So keep on keeping on.

  • 14 booze free days in July. I’ve realized I can have a fun and clearheaded summer by saying a big no to wolfie every time he tries to talk. And sober treats are awsome!

  • So happy. I have 14 days continuously sober in July*. Not a blip. Your audio on the downfall of moderation was an eye opener for me. Thanks for being there Belle!
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  • I’m on sober day #14 for Dry July. The biggest take-away for me so far is how much time and energy I wasted while drinking. Now I have all this open time. It’s taking me a minute to adjust to this new normal. In a good way. 🙂

  • Day 14 for July*… Feeling good and completely changed my sleeping habits for the better. Much earlier to bed and waking early , bright , clean and alert.,My rising self esteem is spilling over into so many areas of my life .
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  • Day 15 for July (Australia) … I started Dry July a bit early* and this is my longest period continuous ever!! I have realised that I have so much creativity when I am not thinking about drinking!
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  • I am [14 days sober in July*]. Biggest thing I realized is how much space wine was taking up in my life.
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  • I’m on day 14 of Dry July … sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s hard, but I’ve realised it’s always better.
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  • Fifty Free – Day 14 sober for July … Every morning waking up without any feeling of dread or the weight of that constant thinking about drinking is a gift.
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  • Day 14 in July*. The biggest thing I have realized so far is that drinking takes up so much mental energy & it is such a good feeling to have freedom from that drain on my soul.
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  • I want my life back , it’s happening better things are guaranteed, 14 days continuously sober for July*
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  • Working on Day 10! “Do something different” has become my mantra and it feels really good getting out of the drinking routine/run!

  • Day 14 in July … I’ve realised that the use of sober tools every day (even if you don’t have time/can’t really be bothered) is the the difference between Wolfie barking and a starving old, blind, toothless pooch with no voice box!
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  • Day 14 for me in July. Loving the freedom from Wolfie’s voice!! (very rare these days, – I’m a bit further along…*)
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  • Hi there, checking in on day 14 of continuous days sober this month.
    What I’m noticing is the intensity of emotions that I still experience ( especially last week). And also how my brain and conscience are able to hold ideas and thoughts more in the grey area ; the “both and” …. rather than thinking in very black and white terms. For me this is something that I’m developing as a sober person; and sitting in the discomfort.
    I’m also noticing all the wildlife- yesterday I watched a little rabbit eat some clover 🍀 and a little bird who had a sore leg but still managed to get around just fine…. How vulnerable they were and yet they were fully alive and thriving ….
    Silly thoughts I know but none of this would be happening if I was still drinking my daily lot of alcohol.
    💪

  • 14 days continuous.My anxiety levels have dropped.Sleep is better quality …..’tho I would like more.My husband drinks every evening so I really have to be on guard.

  • 13 days, working on 14 today. After almost two weeks the cravings are diminishing and I’m calmer. Sleep is beginning to improve (still with a ways to go). I seem to be spending less time thinking about drinking and more focusing on other areas of life.

  • 14 continuous days sober for July* 😬 and apart from the mood swings and chocolate cravings! I have particularly noticed I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow!!! I have always struggled to get to sleep in the past! 😃
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  • I’ve been sober for the whole of July* … I can’t believe we are nearly half way through the month, it’s gone so quickly😊
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  • I am on Day 14 continuous in July* I’ve added more tools, including your Dry July emails. Thank you Belle
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  • I’m on day 14 for July and this week I came to realize that as Belle has said before… I’m more introverted than I thought I was (and I was introverted to begin with)! I now see that for me, socializing = boozing. And while I still enjoy socializing sober, my battery runs out much more quickly and I’m ready to throw in the towel well before those that are drinking. And I am good with this! 🙂

  • I’m on day 14 continuous for July. the biggest thing i’ve realized in being sober is that the ability to count on myself never gets old.