#100DaySoberChallenge Day 31- Continuous Days – January 2022

Hi there, so it’s end of January. 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 (how’s that for a confusing sentence!).

The goal for the #100DaySoberChallenge is continuous days sober. in the comments, you can say what is the longest stretch of continuous days you’ve had in January. Maybe your longest sober stretch was 7 days continuously, or 18, or you’re working on today as the 31st 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 for January 2022 (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 for 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  • 31 days sober in Jan. Feeling pretty good. I actually woke up the other day without my head instantly racing with anxiety – I’ll take it!

  • 31 days, success!!! I do feel better, sleeping better, I did have a serious drinking dream last night which left me with a terrible headache when I woke up – weird, but happy that is was only a dream!

  • Day 33. I think it was time. I have stopped/started for years and years. It was always the same. BUT this time I didn’t think I should stop – I wanted to. Really wanted to. And that has made the difference. The bottle of wine a night is not missed. Beyond the first glass I didn’t really enjoy it anyway if I’m to look closely. I have yet to have visitors who drink – and that will be soon. A lot of people think the zero alcohol beers aren’t a good idea – but they have been for me. And without the alcohol hit of ordinary beer I don’t keep going anyway. I just like the cold taste. I sleep, I’m calmer, I don’t wake in the small hours with my heart pounding. My skin fits my face. Anxiety is much much less. There’s a different perspective to life. It’s all good. SO good. I want to keep on keeping on.

  • 31 days and feeling fab, despite a bout of flu. Just made me glad that I wasn’t battling a hangover along with the achy/sickeness feeling too. In the old days I would have forced myself to have a glass of wine along with the Lemsip…. just because that’s what I did!!

  • I had 7 continuous sober days in January at the beginning of the month. I also had several sober days here and there and now 4 days going at the end. I am determined and energized to keep going and to stop repeating the hard part.

    • right around day 60 you’ll have whole days, or parts of days, where you don’t think about it at all ๐Ÿ™‚ keep going! hugs, belle xo

  • Itโ€™s 30 days for me , I have been ill and had an operation last October to fix the problem . I have been healing well and thought my problem was over and was determined to quit booze this month . My health problem came back 8 days in but I have not and will not have any booze to cope . I am feeling strong and I can do this, Iโ€™m staying here.

  • 31 great days of being AF ๐Ÿ‘
    I have accomplished so much and feeling awesome while doing so !
    WIN โ€ฆWIN as far as I can see lol

  • Hi Sober friends! Today is Day 31 for me. I can’t believe we’ve completed Dry January already. Where has the time gone?! Well for me I’ve been super busy. I have so much more free time to do the things I love which includes hanging out with my two best friends and I haven’t laughed that hard in years. It was just like we were in High School all over again. Ice Fishing, lots and lots of cleaning and organzing the house. Wow I’ve never had such a clean house before. Definitely get this quality from my mama! We’ve also been busy hosting family birthday parties, and holidays. This new life of being Sober is so amazing. Now there has been ups and downs as well. And recently the last few days I’ve felt like the pink cloud has lifted but I decided to take control and went to the gym and that is my focus right now to feed my mind and soul to get over this terrible mood I’ve been in recently. The highs will come again. Stay well my friends. =)

  • It’s my Day 30 on January 31st! Feeling great and have been working on a number of neglected goals (e.g. elusive writing projects and learning goals) although not with sufficient consistency. Had a couple of rough patches in January due to stressful surroundings, but l feel optimistic about finishing the 100 days and beyond. Have found all the emails, audio and video casts helpful, in particular the idea of tricking your brain into starting the path of sobriety for a meaningful period of time and going gradually from there.

    • Congratulations! Keen to learn more about tricking the brain into meaningful periods of sobriety. I did 16 continuous days. Planning to do more this month !

      • Tricking the brain was from an email with an audio link from Belle (was available for 24 hours). The comparison was really useful as was the idea that it’s necessary to commit for a significant period of time, not just a week. Here’s the intro text in the email:
        “Do you quit drinking “forever”? or “for now”?
        It seems like the words shouldnโ€™t make a difference, but they do.
        As a test, we compare quitting drinking to giving up cheese. Do it forever, or for now? And what happens when you frame it as โ€˜foreverโ€™?”

  • This is Day 13 for me. I had 8 other continuous days at the beginning of the month, then hit a rough patch. The last 2 weeks have been hard but Iโ€™m adding supports and treats so feeling much better. As so many others have noted, itโ€™s so nice to wake up in the morning guilt free and with a clear head. My new target is May 1. I always give up alcohol for Lent anyway so Iโ€™m determined to succeed for a longer time.

    • It is continuous days that will get you where you want to go. right at the point where you relapse, there is something you were supposed to learn. if you relapse, you don’t learn what you need to learn so that you can keep going ๐Ÿ˜‰ to be able to keep going, you have to learn the things (including when to go to bed and call it a day, even if that’s 7 pm …) hugs.

  • I’m 31 continuous days sober for January. Also wanted to share a (perhaps hokey) little gem from a newsletter I received today that I felt was really timely: “When things change inside you, things change around you.”