Hi Ladies, I hope that you are enjoying Ada’s Rules. I loved the book and now I’m re-reading it along with you. I believe that any woman who was ever on a diet or is a chronic dieter should love this book. As a black women, I could see myself as well as women in my family and my friends in this book. I really connected to Ada’s self sacrifice and being too busy to take time for yourself. From an age standpoint, I really could relate to the plight of her unmarried daughters as well.
So, here is our first set of book club questions from the official Ada’s Army website. Please discuss below.
Ada has a lot of things on her plate: running a daycare center; keeping in touch with young adult twin daughters; cooking for the vestry and other responsibilities of a Preacher’s wife; as well as cooking and cleaning for her parents who are battling both hoarding and depression. We might say she has way too much on her plate—except everything she does needs doing and there’s no one else around stepping up.
1. Does Ada find any kind of joy or satisfaction in performing mundane daily tasks and simply doing her duty?
2. Which of her “jobs” seems to bring her the most pleasure?
3. Which of her “jobs” presents the greatest challenge to her sanity and self-esteem?
4. How is being overworked detrimental to Ada’s health?
5. The first rule is “Don’t keep doing what you’ve always been doing.” Is that a rule you can apply to your weight loss efforts?
6. The second rule is “Make a plan: set clear, multiple and changing goals”. What did that mean to you? What are your goals and your plan?