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100 day challenge

Hi there.

  1. If you’d like to do the 100 Sober Challenge and have a sober penpal, put your email in here > http://eepurl.com/RzRjj – you’ll go on a waiting list and I’ll contact you soon. I’m adding a few people every day :)
  2. While you’re at it, you can sign up to read my blog in order, starting with Month #1. And you’ll get a daily micro-email. This is a different mailing list from the one above. Put your email in here > http://eepurl.com/BqAEn
  3. Make a note of the date of your last drink. Read the sober blogs (mine and others) every day. Become involved. Post comments on the blogs.
  4. Check out my most popular posts, podcasts, and more … by following links on the homepage here.

Hugs,
Belle

(NOTE: If you HAVE signed up to do the challenge before, then you have a spot and a member number already. Email me to restart or email me to tell me how you’re doing.)

ps/ I’m happy to hear from you by email with your thoughts, ideas, challenges, and celebrations … tiredofdrinking [at] gmail.com … i want to hear from you! You can still do 100 days sober… and follow step #1 above.

 

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  1. I am going on 30 days and strugling, I have tried AA but i feel worse about myself when i get out of the glumy place. I have never bloged befor and know nothing about it. I would like to try email support or somthing, just somone tot alkj to when im having a hard time. Tony

  2. day 5 sober. just opted into the 100 day challenge… here goes nothin

  3. For anyone in their first few days- hang in there. I have a long way to go- just Day 16 for me, but I never thought I would get this far. This blog is my life saver right now and I look forward to sending Belle a positive email each day. I can feel her support across the miles. Stick with it!

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  5. Reblogged this on I can't stop drinking about you and commented:
    I like Belle’s challenge and I’m up for it. The problem is, I’m up for it today, but what will happen when I get home tonight and feel like having a glass of wine??? I’m going to do it anyway! (the challenge, not the wine). Just do it!

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  7. barista1971 on said:

    I relapsed, I choose to relapse and it was just like before…..good, fun, blackout, got home at 4 am. Husband fuming, stomach churning, bits and pieces of the evening, night, morning…I had 93 days sober and gave it up to go with my boss out to eat and shopping. We ate, shopped quickly and continued drinking. I knew I didn’t want to go…..I wished she would cancel but I went anyway knowing she wanted to drink. I called my husband and told him I wanted to have a drink with her and he was ok with that but I knew, deep down, I wanted to get trashed. I want to escape. I wanted to just be without thinking about bills, house, laundry, cooking, working, working out….just hang…..I do not know how to just hang, to get the thoughts out of my head and truly relax unless I am poisoning myself. I am jumping back on the wagon and starting with my day 1 (again) today.

    • Barista 1971, please don’t be too hard on yourself. You relapsed, but you’re getting right back on the wagon again. We are all here for you and rooting for you. It could happen to any one of us and any time. (I am definitely no expert, being so new to this, but i’m well read and have been ‘researching’ this booze problem for a decade.) I finally decided to stop drinking, and seeing that you got to 93 days booze free truly inspires me. Best best best luck to you and keep posting please. It helps me and it helps you too. Lauredann

    • shoemadshiv on said:

      Barista 1971, Well Done for gettting to 93 days sober, I am new to this blogging so haven’t reached day 1 yet but your experience has resonated with me. It is so good to know I am not alone in feeling how drink makes me feel or act. Thank you

    • This is my first time signing up for the challenge but I’ve already made multiple vows of sobriety to myself and my husband. My last relapse was on Friday and it sounds very similar to yours. My friend told me that I “was on a mission” to get trashed. My husband still has not spoken to me since then. I need to get healthy. I always feel out of balance when I choose to drink. I work in a restaurant.. In a casino.. And most of my coworkers have alcohol problems of their own that they either don’t realize or don’t want to. It’s hard walking past multiple bars and saying no to coworkers after a long night of busy work. But I know that I have to. I plan on submitting my sober emails when I get home from work and am hoping that it will help motivate me to just leave work when I’m done. If anyone wants a personal pen pal, I’d love one! Stay strong everyone!

  8. barista1971 on said:

    Thank you lauredann! I am devastated, but I know I cannot drink, I cannot moderate……I am jumping right back on the wagon and holding on tight. I feel like a failure but I know what needs to be done. I am an alcoholic and cannot drink.

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  10. barista1971 on said:

    I am no longer scared of forever. I am more scared of drinking than not. I am on day 4 and I no longer fear a relapse. I can not drink and I am not ashamed any longer…..I am an alcoholic and I am choosing life and not death. I am choosing happiness not misery. My name is Kelly.

  11. Sherman on said:

    It’s 12:52AM here in Berkeley CA and at 2:00AM daylight saving time takes effect 2:00AM becomes 3:00AM.

    This is my 7th day of sobriety.

    I’ve talked with friends quitting and I have also read this blog and I can relate to the struggle.

    At the moment I am so glad to be off the alcohol that there has not been any struggle as of yet.

    I was seriously getting deeply ill from alcohol and I was feeling like my time on the earth would be limited if I carried on full steam ahead.

    So this 100 challenge is like being released from utter despair and devastation.

    So at the moment I just feel so greatful.

    Grateful to have found this site and greatful to be sober.

    Thanks again everyone.

    Sherman

    • barista1971 on said:

      Sherman we are on the same day…I was 93 days sober when I relapsed…Yes one week away from my 100 days (yesterday would have been it) so here I sit at 7 days and now 93 days away from my 100 days….I beat myself up a bit but then realized I have only drank once in 101 days now so there is something to be proud of…..but I also realize my next binge could be my last….Drinking is no longer fun for me but very dangerous…I am a binge, blackout drinker and if I can get my hand to my mouth I will ingest more poison….Hope to keep seeing your around the blogs…You are not alone….Heck I have been keeping in touch with someone in Shanghai right now too. Keep on keeping on!!!

  12. runninggirl on said:

    Today is my 9th day of soberiety. My ‘first’ second Saturday night in a row of not drinking. I used to be scared of waking up in the morning and seeing how crappy I was feeling. Each of these 8 mornings I have woken up amazed that I’m not scared. (although I have a bad cold –so still feel cloudy head! sigh) I was worried about going away this weekend with friends and thought I’d be tempted to drink. Really tempte –tormented. Each time I thought about having a drink I would go thru my lists of how I would eventual behave like, how I wouldn’t stop, and how shitty I would feel in the morning. Talking with a girlfriend who is going thru the same thing (she’s 3weeks) helps so much.
    I want to feel proud of myself again. I want to be able to go beyond my 100 days and say “bring it on — I want and will have more of this!!!”
    All these blogs are remarkable. Even tho I’m so new to this, I feel there is a strong community here.
    We aren’t alone in all of this messy shit.
    Here’s to my Day 9. Cheers! :)
    runninggirl.

  13. barista1971 on said:

    Hello runninggirl…I was runningmom at one time…..I still run just changed my name a bit ago….Good job on your 9 days….Keep it up…:)

    • runninggirl on said:

      Hi barista1971. Thanks for the reply. I loved your honesty in your post. Keep going! I’m already looking forward to my early morning tomorrow with a fresh coffee and my iPad in bed.
      runninggirl.
      (just came bak from a 40 min run and feel good. I used to give myself a glass of wine as a “way to go awesome run” reward….) wonder why I never lost weight. :) Now I’m having a chamomile tea.
      Have a good Sunday night.

  14. I just found this blog and wished I would have discovered it earlier in my journey. Some of the post are great reminders of what I dont want to go back to. It will be 100 days on March 11, 2014!

  15. Robert on said:

    Hey ya really tired just got home from my first day at work and my urge is umbarable for a beer and i am ready to do this challenge.. Can i join ?

  16. Laurie on said:

    Here goes day 1 sober under my belt. I think this blog is going to be very helpful

  17. Anonymous on said:

    I am an alcoholic.. And so isn’t my husband .. He wants me down with him he pulls me down .. Divorce and separation is unfortunately not an option and he doesn’t want to change so I’m trying to go up hill with someone pulling on the back if my shirt . He likes me down

  18. Day 1 here. I just signed up. I am excited. I am so tired of the dark side of the drinking…

  19. MattFl123 on said:

    Day 3 of 30 been a breeze so far except for when it comes to sleeping.

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  21. My last drink was 3/24/14…im a weekend binge drinker…i welcome this 100 day challenge!!! Whats hard for me is everyone I know including family drinks even at childrens bday parties & I hate it!!! Having someone holding me responsible for staying sober will be awesome….all tips for staying sober will be welcomed

  22. Hi Belle – I just signed up for the 100 day challenge. I’m really scared and I want to get through this. I was drunk all weekend. After my blackout Saturday night I hid a bottle of wine in my closet on Sunday and kept sneaking away from my husband to chug off of it all day. It makes me so ashamed of myself. I know today I won’t drink but when I feel better tomorrow it will be very easy to convince myself that I’m fine when I am anything but. I’ve tried to stop so many times and the result is always the same. I tell myself it will be different this time and it always ends up being worse. I want so badly to beat this.
    Holly

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  24. sibhxx85 on said:

    I’m on day 3 if anyone would like a sober penpal I would be glad to have one.

  25. Arielrose on said:

    I am on day 1 again. For about the 100,000 th time. Been lurking in this wonderful blog for a couple of weeks and I want to jump in to save myself. So here I am. I think that a sober life must be better than this hell that I have been living in for decades…

  26. Anonymous on said:

    tomorrow is my day 1. im a 23 year girl from south africa. and all i want is a better life.

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