Sandy & Charlie Morris
Boomers Magic, for both of us, began in 1949 close to the beginning of what has been called the Baby Boomer years. We grew up during our early childhoods in rural farming areas dominated by the railroad and farming industries.
Sandy lived with her grandparents who raised vegetable produce and a side focus of strawberries – boy were they good! She often ate more than she picked for selling in Baltimore, Maryland.
Charlie lived during his early years on the family dairy farm that also had fruit & nut trees with his grandparents who spent any spare time they had in their “truck” patch garden. Later the farm was converted from dairy to a beef operation with the truck patch garden continuing to provide fresh vegetables during the summer months and canned versions during the winters.
Meeting and becoming high school sweethearts in March of 1966 planning an after graduation wedding for June 1969, was soon interrupted by the Vietnam War.
During this time in our lives, we thought we were invincible. As we grew into adulthood we found the onslaught of prosperity gave our generation everything. Now, quicker meals and snack foods began appearing at the grocery store along with other beverage choices. It didn’t take long for the marketing campaigns of those companies to make us feel that we had to get these products too. Sandy soon began to absolutely love Coca Cola and Charlie began sneaking cigarettes and smoking.
The war was not particularly good to Charlie and he returned home a disabled veteran. During a prolonged battle unofficially inside Cambodia just off the Ho Chi Minh Trail, outside of Tay Ninh Vietnam Charlie was wounded along with several others and flown to a hospital inside Vietnam then later flew to Japan for more serious treatment. While in Japan he was forced to make the decision about his right eye on his own with the end result of having it removed. Returning to the United States Charlie was hospitalized at Walter Reed in May, 1970 for the healing of not only his eye but other wounds he had received. It was then that we decided to keep things simple and eloped in June much to the dismay of our families. It just seemed the right thing to do for us.
The majority of our married lives has been spent learning how to raise our own family, moto-cross racing across the country with our son, operating our own business and at the same time working with Charlie’s family business on the farm that converted once again to become a family campground.
It took hard headed Charlie years to realize that he wasn’t really enjoying smoking and it was actually the chemicals with their addictive additives telling him that he was. He finally gave up smoking in 1984 based on the information and facts that our son brought home from school about smoking not being healthy or wise.
Somehow the years just flew by like lightning with both of us accumulating aches, pains and illnesses like weight gains. Charlie even had a skin cancer bout. Remember when baby oil was used for tanning? How about that Coppertone Oil or perhaps the Coppertone QT quick tanning products. Charlie’s ancestry is from Wales and Germany leaving him with a fair complexion and not able to tan well at all but he kept trying. He usually just fried, creating the beginning platform for his skin cancers later. The hectic lifestyles that we led produced poor eating habits and his exposure to chemicals during Vietnam encouraged the onslaught of Prostate cancer.
For Sandy, it seemed like a gradual disintegration in her health with each year adding a couple more pounds and a lot of things began to ache or hurt a little more. She soon felt that life was full of pressures and it seemed that food pushed them aside for a while.
For us it all came to a head during Sandy’s annual family physician visit in which our Doctor began talking to Sandy about obesity. In all honesty, Sandy, wasn’t sure why or who he was talking to but there was no other person in the room so it became obvious. Her actual numbers did not lie – the weight scale said 193 and her blood work was off the charts for cholesterol.
During the visit our doctor began to talk about better eating choices, cutting out soda and it seemed everything else she liked – frustration set in. She didn’t want to give up the things that made her happy when she ate them. He asked her to just do him a favor and get a documentary movie at the library called, Forks over Knives, watch it and then meet with him again. He said it was stuffed full of helpful information that could help her understand the importance of making changes to our lifestyle.
WOW what an eye opener this 1 hour and 20 minute documentary was to put it mildly. The main focus was on studies completed by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn dating back to around the time that we were born then moving forward. And it was during this enlightenment that Boomers Magic was created. Designed to help everyone yet focused around the often hard headed Baby Boomer who thinks change is in a purse and not something they have to do.
From this point forward we had a clearer vision of exactly what had happened to us, the results we were exhibiting and were dealing with since getting away from how were were brought up on both of our grandparent’s farms eating properly. Yes, the results of those hectic years during chapter 1 of our lives coupled with our poor eating choices had taken their toll.
We vowed that our Chapter “2” will have a focus of a: “Simple, Lifelong, Sustainable Health and Fitness Action Plan”. We know one thing for certain, we will never ever return to an unhealthy lifestyle again.
Our personal mission during this exciting Chapter “2” of our lives is to reach out and help as many people as we can – especially our baby boomer generation who seems to need it the most. After all sharing is caring and we both care very much because that is the way we were brought up by our parents and grandparents.
Boomers Magic is divided into a variety of categories to help improve all of our lives so that Chapter “2” is an outstanding chapter. Follow the category(s) of your choosing at your own pace and you will soon see that you not only feel like you have more pep in your step but your outlook will take you to new horizons.
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