On April 10th I along with many others will have reached our 100 Days without ‘Da Booze. Many have already been asking me how the next group will work and so I thought I’d put this out there and I welcome any feedback.
First and foremost – this next group will only allow those who have completed a 100 Day Lose ‘Da Booze Challenge (or have a minimal period of abstinence under their belt) – so it will be for those who ‘get it’ and have put in the time to complete the initial challenge which lays the groundwork for changing our habits relative to alcohol.
Secondly, for those who wish to join the new group – the requirement is that a person will aim for at LEAST 300 days or more in a one year period without alcohol. That means you have to join this new group with a plan. This new group is for people like me who don’t want to quit for good, but who also don’t want to revert back to old patterns of daily drinking. You need to consider how you will make this GOAL happen and that’s the aim of this group – to support one another to ensure we hit our MINIMAL target of 300 days without ‘da booze!
How does this group differentiate from the 100 Day Challenge group? Well the 100 Day Challenge Group doesn’t change. Its focus has always been to support and encourage members to reach that 100 days. While some have re-starts, I do say in the description that if 100 days is too hard, that perhaps they need to build up to that first goal (as it did take me YEARS to finally be able to hit that target). In the 100 Day Challenge group the focus is on remaining abstinent and so the conversation should be focused on that. Helping by posting tools and resources to help members stay on track.
In the NEW 300 or more group (which I won’t open up until I know the first group will reach their 100 days because I don’t want to take away from that goal and want to support everyone to become GRADUATES of the FULL 100 Days without ‘da booze)… The support will be similar in that we’ll mostly be talking about balance and making plans to ensure we hit our 300 days (or more) in a year. So that means planning. For some that’s too much and they prefer just remaining abstinent – and that’s OK – I respect that. For those who prefer to just cut out alcohol for good, you can remain indefinitely in the 100 Day Challenge group and keep supporting members through there and share your experiences.
What I hope is that those who join the 300 will think about their strategy ahead of time in terms of how they will achieve this NEW goal. For me it will be some planning as I know of events that I have coming up where I’ll have drinks. It will be going with my gutt too and how I feel. This will be a learning experience and a NEW challenge (as I believe in continually setting new goals and challenging ourselves). IF people find it’s too hard to stay on track then I suggest you revert back to the 100 Day Challenge Group and go for another 100 consecutive days!
This group is about reaching 300 days or more – and after the first 100 days – that means perhaps not all consecutively but it also means that you have to manage the days you do choose to have a drink.
I’m not a professional… I’m not a fan of AA (as I’ve said before)… I am simply a person who is LIVING this experience with you after years of struggling with my own alcohol habit. My goal was to regain control over alcohol so that alcohol no longer had that hold on me and to live life in a much healthier way. I am not perfect… I have had many ups and downs through this journey – but as I write this today, I can say that I have come a LONG way!! Today is March 25th … and I am on day 84 of my SECOND 100 Day Challenge!! Folks – I used to struggle to get a few days AF in a row!! Doing 30 was hard… but having done 100 and doing it again… I can attest that it gets better and I just hope that by creating this space, I can help others regain a life that they feel proud to live again!!