- 1 Don't keep doing what you've always been doing.
- 2 Make a plan: Set clear, multiple, and changing goals.
- 3 Weigh yourself daily.
- 4 Be a role model.
- 5 Don't attack your own team. Don't let anyone on your team attack you.
- 6 Identify and learn from iconic diet books.
- 7 Walk thirty minutes a day, every day.
- 8 See your doctor.
- 9 Do the DNA test.
- 10 Budget: Plan to afford the feeding, exercising, and dressing of you.
- 11 Get eight hours of sleep nightly.
- 12 Eat breakfast.
- 13 Self-medicate with art.
- 14 Consider surgery.
- 15 Keep a food diary and a body journal.
- 16 Add a second exercise three times a week.
- 17 Drink eight glasses of water daily.
- 18 Eat sitting down.
- 19 Eat slowly.
- 20 Find a snack you like that likes you.
- 21 Access the power of quick fixes.
- 22 Add a Zen exercise: hooping, waterjogging, watsu, or yoga.
- 23 Don't be afraid to look cheap—in restaurants.
- 24 Manage portion sizes.
- 25 Eat every three hours.
- 26 Savor HOT and COLD.
- 27 Don't initiate change you can't stick with for five years.
- 28 Find and create DNA-based go-to meals.
- 29 Use consultants: trainers, massage therapists, nutritionists, and priests.
- 30 Massage your own feet.
- 31 Drink cautiously.
- 32 Bathe to calm or bathe to excite.
- 33 Invent DNA-based care packages that work for you and yours.
- 34 Don't stay off the wagon when you fall off.
- 35 Get therapy.
- 36 Create your own spa day.
- 37 Get better hair.
- 38 Fake it till you make it.
- 39 Update beauty rituals and tools.
- 40 Shop for your future self.
- 41 Take one bite of anything and never more than two bites of anything decadent.
- 42 Uni-up: Get yourself a uniform for day and for night.
- 43 Front-load: Drink water before meals.
- 44 Draw a map of your body.
- 45 Update your goals.
- 46 Create your own spa week.
- 47 Get better hair down there.
- 48 Seize the proper props.
- 49 Don't stop short of your goal.
- 50 Celebrate dappled beauty daily—the power of the imperfect and good enough.
- 51 Cultivate new interests.
- 52 Make a health and beauty calendar.
- 53 Do it for you.
The purpose of this website is to get all women, but particularly women of color, to embrace the reality that getting healthy can be fun—if we do it in community and in the presence of art. And men are welcome, too!
About the book:
Ada's Rules, the story of a black preacher's wife who has 100 pounds to lose and maybe a cheating husband provides 53 principles for a personal health and beauty revival. A funny novel about serious subjects, from diabetes and obesity to infidelity, it provides a road map that any reader can follow to create change in their own lives and in the world. And it may just be the secret weapon we need to help us all balance the national health budget. Readers will see Ada in themselves as she perseveres through the joys and pains that come with being a loving parent, daughter, wife, friend, and community member pushing for change. Join Ada's Army. Be one of the readers shifting the shape of the future one body at a time.
A few ground rules:
Ada’s Rules is a work of fiction. Neither this website nor the book Ada’s Rules are intended to provide specific nutritional or medical advice for any individual. Before making significant changes in diet, consult a qualified professional.
The novels, short films, music, poetry, essays, interviews, and photography provided on this site are intended to inspire, sustain, and entertain people pursuing healthy changes and to provoke conversations. They are not intended as specific instructions for any individual.
Ready to Adasize? Here’s a checklist:
- Read the rules! Hover over the numbers at the top of the Ada’s Army homepage, or read Ada’s Rules, the novel.
- Join our Facebook Fan Page. It’s an immediate source of inspiration and community.
- Follow Ada’s Rules author Alice Randall on Twitter for daily encouragement, news, and ideas.
- Give us your name, your email address, and zip code. We’ll send you a monthly newsletter with ideas for shifting the shape of your life and body, as well as for creating a food culture revolution in your community.
- 8-8-8: Sleep eight hours each night. Drink eight glasses of water each day. Walk 8 miles each week. Three simple changes start Ada’s health and beauty revolution in the novel Ada’s Rules. Talk to your doctor about whether they make sense for you.
- Purchase Ada’s Rule’s now on Kindle. You can also request a book that has been gifted by an anonymous donor. All requests will be considered but availability is limited by the number of donors. Be an anonymous donor.