My name is C.J. Diaz and I am dying! That is right. I am killing myself. Now before those who know me go calling my mom (HI MOM! I’m not really killing myself) and informing her of my said actions let me inform you as to what I am doing here #intheLOOPcg.
I was born and raised right here in Casa Grande and love everything about this wonderful community. I am a father to seven, five children who are still school age. Those still at home range from a beautiful14 year old daughter in high school to a gorgeous three year old daughter who keeps us all on our toes. Three girls and two boys, all very active in local sports. I currently sit as President on the Board of Directors for Casa Grande Little League, coach a soccer team for the Boys and Girls Club and help manage a club baseball team of nine and ten year olds called the Coyotes (GO COYOTES!). The glue that holds all of this together is my beautiful sidekick Kimberly who does most of the dirty work when it comes to raising our children.
Now to get to the point, "What am I up to #intheLOOPcg?". I will be submitting information about local sports and those who take part in those sports right here in beautiful Casa Grande, Arizona and the surrounding area. You could say I am doing my part to keep the community in the “LOOP”, as far as sports are concerned.
“How long could this column last if you are killing yourself?” is a question you might be asking. Well, let me explain; I am 36 years old and at the time of writing this article I weighed in at a hefty 324 pounds. I do not find much time for exercise and a Taco Bell Encherito
is too hard to pass up on a busy day. Mom’s enchiladas are irresistible and run a close second to an Encherito, do not tell her I said that. As you can see I have not exactly taken good care of myself and that is why I say I am ‘killing myself’.
The night before I turned this article in to The Loop, while sleeping, I suffocated on what I can only describe as a horrible case
of acid reflux. It hurt like heck and scared the Enchirito out of me! I am also sure I likely suffer from a serious case of sleep apnea and I am positive diabetes is next. I stayed up for the next two hours after the suffocation incident scared and ashamed of what I was doing to myself, physically and emotionally. Even after all of MY ailments, what bothered me the most was how it was affecting my family.
After suffering many nights like this last one, including other issues resulting from my excess body weight there was a single thought that I could not shake. What if one of my kids attempted to wake me up from my sleep one morning and to their horror, I do not wake up? I have come to realize that I live my life in a selfish manner. I have decided that I will no longer put my family through this. All this talk about my health issues may raise the question, “what does all this have to do with sports?”. Let me explain; at the time I agreed to take on this sports column project with The Loop, I took a look at the amount of stuff “on my plate”, pun intended, and came up with the concept for my first 12 columns.
I am not one for going to the gym and pumping some iron as I stare in amazement at myself in the mirror. I also could care less about jogging in circles and submitting myself to aches and pain of feet pounding the pavement. What I do love is sports and competition. So for the next 12 months I will showcase local sports and athletes while simultaneously fulfilling my need to exercise. My progress will be tracked monthly right here in this column. I am seeking out local athletes and their sports to bring their stories to your mailbox. At the same time I will fulfill my curiosity and competitive spirit as I partake in these athletes routines, workouts, practices and so on.
I have set out to find local athletes of all kinds; high school wrestlers, senior pickleball players, Monday night bowlers, little leaguers, MMA fighters and others. I invite suggestions. As I learn these athletes stories and experience their routines I will share right here each month. I will answer questions, why is bowling called a sport (as I have pondered many times). As I exercise and cleanup my eating during the next twelve month I will also replicate the meals of those athletes. I might try out what it is like to live on vegetables and water like the diet of a wrestler or beer and pretzels like a chiseled bowler.
Now that I have begun working toward my healthier life, my goal is to knock off a cool 100 lbs of healthy weight in the next year.
I am reaching out to the community asking for your help as I complete my journey and track my progress while participating in different sports and work-outs. Good idea or not I am putting it all out there for my community to witness. I am sure that ‘Jared guy’ got a few “yeah rights” when he mentioned his sandwich diet to his friends and so I expect I’ll have a few naysayers along the way but I accept my own challenge. My diet, routine and progress will be posted on Facebook if you would like to follow me at facebook.com/sportsguy, I encourage you to encourage me!
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