Pokémon Go – Ok, I get it now

Pokéball

When Pokémon Go was first released, my kids were immediately hooked. “Dad, you need to get Pokémon Go, you need to right now! It’s so awesome!” they would tell me. I was torn. Pokémon never interested me, at least not the card game or the cartoons. Did I really have the energy for this? I balked. I didn’t get Pokémon. I just didn’t. Whenever someone tried to explain to me how to play the card game, it was like they were speaking a different language. Of course, many of the explanations came from children, who I’m not sure actually got the rules themselves, so it was kind of a Calvinball situation. The explanations of Pokémon Go flummoxed me as well. Pokémon candy? Pokéballs? PokéStops? Poké what? Within weeks of release, the media was saturated with stories about this new craze, Pokémon Go, the game where everyone gets outdoors to walk… read more

Snapshots, special needs, and being a #HealthyDad

apple picking a family tradition

Thanks to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, who sponsored the campaign, for including dads in this important discussion about family health care. My views are based solely on my experience as a parent, and not as a medical professional. My wife and I used to talk about snapshots. Those are the frozen moments in time that we wanted to remember. They are pictures of reality that fit with our wishes and dreams, and when we saw them we had to capture them in our minds. There’s something unique about raising kids with special needs that never lets you forget those snapshots, and even remember them in different lights. In good times, you can’t seem to forget the difficult moments that you never thought you’d survive. And in the bad times, well, you always recall the good ones that keep you pushing forward. When your kid is falling apart and you… read more

Chuck The Chunk – Week 8 Update

Chuck The Chunk On The Road To Dad 2.0 Summit 2014

Hello, folks. Very short post this week. It’s been crazy with back to school and all and there has not been much progress on the weight loss front. I’m holding steady with no loss and no gain this week. Exercise has been better, diet has suffered a bit. No photos for this update — no point. In other news, I’m changing my RSVP status to Dad 2.0 Summit 2014 from a solid “probably” to a definite “probably not.” There is a chance that my wife and I might be able to get away together for our anniversary and that takes priority over Dad 2.0 as far as the checkbook is concerned. I’d love to meet a lot of the dad bloggers, but it’s just not in the cards this year. Maybe 2015. Until next week. See ya. Related Posts:Chuck The Chunk – Week 7 Update – Holding SteadyChuck the Chunk… read more

Chuck The Chunk – Week 7 Update – Holding Steady

Chuck The Chunk On The Road To Dad 2.0 Summit 2014

Hey, guys. This week I’d definitely put myself in the “Chunker” category as opposed to the “Chucker” variety. Good news is: I’m holding steady and standing by to get back on track. I broke even this week, seeing not weight loss but no gain either. It’s a small, albeit positive change from the last two weeks. This has been a busy week, with all three of my kids going back to school. And that’s been really full of stress for different reasons. Two of our kids have some special needs. J has Asperger Syndrome and B has some sensory integration problems and a movement disorder. Our oldest is a senior and all the things that come with finishing high school are becoming very real for her and my wife and I. There is college applications, scholarship research, college tour plans, budgeting application fees, etc. I’ve been cracking under the stress… read more

Chuck The Chunk – Week 6 Update

Chuck The Chunk On The Road To Dad 2.0 Summit 2014

Fitness challenge has been the operative phrase this week, folks. And not challenge as in competition, but challenge as in obstacle. This week marks the second in a row where I’ve gained instead of lost. I gained two pounds this week. The reasons why are plain. It all comes down to willpower, and lately mine has been pretty poor. I have not been eating that well, and it’s been hard to avoid the temptation of the junk food that is in the house. I know that when you are trying to get fit and healthier, the consensus is to avoid buying the junk food that creates the temptation in the first place. I would find that very easy, except that most of the other people who live in my household are not actively trying to eat better and are not interested in changing their diets at this time. It makes… read more

Chuck The Chunk – Week 5 Update – Setback Week

Chuck The Chunk On The Road To Dad 2.0 Summit 2014

Hi, CtCers. This week has been what I would consider to be a setback week. This the the first week since Chuck The Chunk started that I have actually gained weight. I gained one pound this week, which puts me at 7 pounds lost total out of my 20 pound goal. It’s been a weird and stressful 7 days. I spent several days on the road with my wife, who is on a mini book tour, signing her first book and doing workshops in 5 different bookstores around Maine, with more bookings for future signings. At one bookstore, I ordered fancy coffee at the cafe, and the barista said to the other, “He’s with the author, he’s all set.” It was so strange, but way cool at the same time. While it’s really cool to travel with her, it means a lot of eating on the road, in coffee shops,… read more

Chuck The Chunk – Week 4 Update

Chuck The Chunk On The Road To Dad 2.0 Summit 2014

Hello, fellow CtCers! I’m down 1 more pound this week for a total of 8 pounds since the start of Chuck The Chunk. I have not eaten as well as I could have this week, and have not been as active as I should. Part of the challenge of exercise for me is being an autism parent. The need for routine works affects my exercise, and it actually should work to my advantage in the coming months. I’ll explain. My step son, J, who I usually refer to as my son except when explaining the summer situation, has high functioning autism. He spends most of his summer at his biological father’s house and then spends the weekends with us. It’s much easier to slack off in terms of exercise when J is not with us. That’s my responsibility. I’d rather spend time with my wife than my elliptical. However, during… read more

Chuck The Chunk – Week 3 Update

Chuck The Chunk On The Road To Dad 2.0 Summit 2014

Howdy CtC folks! As of the week 3 check in, this week the Chuck The Chunk weight loss challenge has yielded me a whopping 1 pound loss. A small loss is still a loss, I know, but it’s a bit disappointing after a six pound loss in the first week. I wonder how normal it is to see bigger initial losses and smaller ones in subsequent weeks? Anyway, as of today I’m 35 percent there to meeting my goal. Let’s see if I can overshoot it! I have made a few small changes this week that will hopefully lead to better overall health and weight loss in the future. Casual Exercise I have started using my elliptical trainer more. It’s really hard to find the time for good workouts right now due to family dynamics, but once school starts, I have some workout time built into my daily routine. Until… read more