#DryJuly Day 31 – Continuous Days

Hi there, happy July 31st! Here we are at the end of July and so this seems like a good day to have a look back on where we’ve been, to see if it’s leading to where we want to go. Like, can you ‘get what you want’ by doing what you’ve been doing?

The goal for the #DryJuly is continuous days sober. In the comments below, you can say what is the longest stretch of continuous days you’ve had so far IN JULY.  Maybe your longest sober stretch is 7 days continuously, or you’re on day 31 today for July …

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 for July 2021 (not your total days if you’ve been sober longer). this helps to create a more inclusive environment.
  • Start a new comment and talk about YOU, rather than commenting on other person’s share. When we read your story we feel less alone.
  • Make an effort to use positive (or neutral) language. You can say “I’ve had 6 continuous days in February” 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.
  • 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

  • My husband left me 23 days ago and I have never wanted a drink more! I stopped sleeping and found your book, it made so much sense that in one of THE most difficult times, I have not reached for a bottle – I want to but then I think I would never find my way out again and this is what keeps me going! Went a party last night, first on my own and nobody noticed I was drinking soda and lime as they all noticed my husbands absence – little silver lining? My fridge reminds me every day DO NOT HYDRATE THE WOLF and he hasn’t been hydrated for 16 days – so for this hour at least (emotions are all over the place) I am very proud of myself – thank you Belle for being my lighthouse x

  • I was going to start this journey on my birthday 9/6. But, I drank way too much last night (again), called my sister crying about how hard I work and try and keep all the balls in the air, got angry at my family (again) and decided I HAVE TO QUIT DRINKING or I AM GOING TO DIE A SLOW HORRIFYING DEATH. Belle, I have and love your book! I am going to start carrying it around with me in my big ass purse. You and I are going to be joined at the hip for the next long while! Catherine Gray will be along as well. I need to do this for myself and my relationships and to save my life. I am 57 and have been drinking three to four drinks a day since 2012.

  • Hi Belle, sounds like you are having fun…. I ask myself about how you are qualified to to give crumbs to Elephants by the promise if you get Dollars you
    Can make a living from people who are desperately unwell….. Your conscience is obviously not kicking in yet…….May your God protect you…..
    My prayers to you

  • 7 days continuous in July.
    Currently on day 4 in Authentic August, need more tools in my box.
    Get lost Wolfie, I’m going to do this.

  • Belle
    Decided to throw Wolfie out the door. Last drink July 31st. On the 100 day challenge. Good bye morning fog and high blood pressure. Hello freedom.

  • 31. Liking Authentic August. Moved states (Florida stopped making sense to me a while ago). Been so busy, the distraction is useful!

  • 7 continuous days twice. Which means I went 7, drank 1 day and then went another 7. I am so impressed by all your 30 or 31 days. I am trying to not make me feel like it’s impossible for me…I know it’s possible. Maybe people like me don’t usually post due to shame. But I figure I am just a human.

  • 31 days sober in July. Onwards to Authentic August. I’ve just made it through what would normally be a heavy being drunk weekend of camping. I’ve loved every minute of it. AUTHENTIC AUGUST. HERE WE GO. WE GOT THIS SOBER PEOPLE IN MY PHONE. X

  • 31 days without any EtOH this 2021 Dry July. Abstinence is helping me learn new things about myself and others. Knowledge is good!

  • 31 days alcohol-free! No social temptations as we are in lockdown here in Australia. I thought boredom would be my biggest foe but I think maybe I’m getting better at relaxing, reading books, writing my journal. Dealing with some health issues and very glad that I’m taking steps to improve things rather than pouring booze on top – thanks Belle for these check-ins and your extra emails – I think I’m up for an Arid August…

  • Hi I’m 6 days sober. I discovered this from a book I was reading, this is probably my 7th attempt in the past 4 months of trying to be sober. I feel so much happier sober but my inner sabotage keeps coming back, questioning my self worth, I’m a codependent as well and trying to heal from that, that no one will love me fully without the booze. I can feel so overwhelmed some times with past emotions, I want to make my sobriety a priority and I need to accept things changing and find more sober sisters and leave behind those who do not serve me and my values anymore. Thank you for creating this space and I hope to come back, I signed up for the email list x

  • 31 days in July, ready for authentic August. Together we can do this! Thank you, dear Belle, for putting this up & being here! Xoxoxo 🙏❤️

  • 31 days in July – thanks again Belle for the different angles you take each day, to suit us all!! I’m very happy to continue sober.

  • Hi! I started the challenge at the end of July. I’ve been dry since 07/15/21 and want to keep going into August. I miss drinking once and awhile, but I’ve been shifting my focus to other hobbies and things that I enjoy.

  • 31 continuous days alcohol free and am enjoying myself (it has been hard at times also). I went to a dinner party last night in Atlanta, GA. It was 82 with 85% humidity at 10:00 PM, the more people drank the more they wilted. I had the sharpest wit and most energy by far than the rest of the guests combined. I popped up this AM, smiling and laughing about the good time I had, similar to if I had been drinking but I felt energetic and even took a yoga class. Looking for the benefits rather than what I am missing has made a big impact on my Dry July.

  • I have 31 days in July including a holiday at the beach, my wedding anniversary, and an extended family gathering. No regrets. Plan to carry on the momentum. Appreciate the tools you have provided.

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    30 days! I feel great, finally starting to sleep better, haven’t lost any weight yet but that’s coming. I bought my Not Today bracelet in May, but it took until July 2 to put the boose down. Thank you for all your encouraging words Belle, I really don’t see myself drinking again! I will continue all my sober emails, podcasts and books, I look forward to them everyday!😊

  • 30 days! I feel great, finally starting to sleep better, haven’t lost any weight yet but that’s coming. I bought my Not Today bracelet in May, but it took until July 2 to put the boose down. Thank you for all your encouraging words Belle, I really don’t see myself drinking again! I will continue all my sober emails, podcasts and books, I look forward to them everyday!😊

  • Yippee 🥳 l’ve been sober the whole of July. My first sober July in decades!! I’m going to continue in August and beyond ❤️❤️

  • 31 dry days July. Big test when relative came to stay who drank heavily. Very glad I didn’t. Thank you Belle for emails. Ever onwards!

  • I have 31 continuous days in July. I had friends over last night. We had a lovely dinner and drank tea. I treated myself today with a lovely bracelet and a new container of my favorite tea. I am actually sleeping though the night. I’m going to keep going…I’m going to call it Awesome August….

  • I’ve logged 31 continuous sober days in July and am rolling effortlessly into Authentic & Accountable in August! Look at me now!

  • Day 31 continuous in July! Feeling clearheaded and ready to continue aF in authentic August! Thanks Belle for your support and all that you do!

  • I succeeded in having 31 continuous sober days in July. I’m so much more peaceful. My anxiety has diminished and I sleep like a baby. Losing a bit of weight didn’t hurt either, lol! Authentic August, here I come! 😃

  • 31 days completely alcohol-free in July! I’m feeling strong and committed to exploring the best version of myself through Authentic August! Let’s do this!

  • 31 days continuous sobriety in July- I have been loving the freedom from thinking about drinking and just being present for summer! authentic August – I like the sound of that

  • 31 days continuously AF. This one sentence… A thought is not an action… is my reminder that bug-like thoughts flit in and out of my brain all the time and Do NOT need to be acted on… Shit Belle Says is wise and wonderful… On to Authentic August and all the possibilities it holds. Hugs KIKI2020

  • I’ve done 31 continuous days sober in July. I’m going to keep going and keep my little sober car on the road! 🙂

  • 31 days AF. Woo hoo. So pleased when I even managed to shut Wolfie up for the Five and a half hours I was stranded on the hard shoulder of the motorway. When I finally arrived at my destination I had a great pot of tea. SisterMary

  • I am 31 days AF in July! Feel great, no one has questioned me or given me a hard time for not drinking! I will carry on for authentic August!

  • I achieved 31 continuous days AF in July! I feel great. I feel like I will never return to alcohol. Thanks Belle for all the emails and all that you do. I nabbed some sober art and looking forward to it arriving. Looking forward to all your future content xx

  • Summer is so short and goes by so fast. So glad I was able to enjoy 31 July days alcohol free ! Abstemious August !

  • 31 days sober, I would never have thought I could do it. I feel much better, good about myself and intend to continue. I will not drink tomorrow and Wolfy can shut up and fuck off. Thanks Belle x

  • So I’m on 31 continuous days AF and day 14 continuous days codeine free …. and hope to carry on into August ( authentic- I like that )
    Good to be able to be accountable thanks 😊