What “can’t” we do?
As we live with MS, we live with determination, resilience and a strong will to do whatever we need to do to beat this thing.  We can see and experience the positive effects of exercise, eating healthy, getting proper rest, staying hydrated, managing our stress levels, being on the proper medications, etc.  There’s something we can’t do.  I know, that’s not my typical mindset…can’t do something?

As business owner, I made it a high priority to delegate as much as I can and make sure all roles are filled with the right people as best I could.  If I did anything well in business, I feel I surrounded myself with good people and treated them the best I can.

While it worked in business and my business wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t delegate well,  delegating doesn’t work at all for receiving the benefits of exercise as we live with MS.  There are many days I wish I could have someone else exercise for me and I would receive the benefits.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, we need to do the exercises ourselves in order to receive the tremendous amout of benefits from it.  Exercise is especially important for us living with MS.

I don’t even want to think about what my life would have been like or would be like now if I didn’t start exercising daily 23 years ago after barely being able to walk for a year and a half.  The only thing different I did way back then is start exercising.  It’s the only thing that helped get my mobility back.  I continue to sustain it today…daily exercise and my mobility.

Let’s keep exercising daily and receiving the many benefits of exercise.  Unfortunately, we can’t delegate it.  We have to do it ourselves.  Remember…consistency is key.  😊

Who’s making progress?  Let’s share our progress…Great job Jamie!

Dianne Post Memorial
Dianne’s husband Phil wants to make it as easy as possible for our MS-Just Keep Moving family to come to her memorial.  We will be having a memorial service for Dianne at the gym on Friday, March 15th from 11:00am – 1:00pm.  Dianne loved coming here and would be happy that Phil is doing this for her.

Here’s a link to Dianne’s obituary

Please save the date and come if you can.

Day of Endurance 2024 – August 24, 2024
I hope your training and journey is going well.  I know we are training together at the gym on Wednesdays and Fridays.  I hope you’re getting together with friends and family outside the gym the rest of the days of the week as well.  We’ll get out of this journey what we put into it or at least what our MS and our bodies will adapt to.  It takes consistency, patience and time.

Our next set of progress sheets should be turned in now if you haven’t already done so.  We will be using your progress sheets to help you make progress as well as share with others with MS that may benefit from what we are doing as a journey.

It’s really important that we’re active and we enjoy the journey of training for the Day of Endurance…preferably together.  I hope you can find some workout friends to enjoy this journey with.  It can be others with MS, neighbors, family members, movie stars, it doesn’t matter.  It really only takes one other person to have show up and do whatever you’re going to do each day together.  You can pick different people different days.

Let’s make this a recreational adventure.  A social adventure.  A rewarding experience.  And… “share” it.  So, let’s start inviting friends and family members to join us on this journey and have some fun with it.

Please share your progress with Kate.  Kate and Mike are working together to come up with a way to share our progress all year this year.  I hope you’ll engage in the journey and make progress yourself.

Cardio and Balance Programs
These classes are aimed to get everyone exercising together.  I like that word “together” 😊.  We’ll need help from volunteers before and after the cardio class on Wednesdays to get members on and off equipment. All are welcome and encouraged to join.

Wednesdays  10-10:30am: Cardio exercise
Location: in the big room using aerobic equipment in front of big TV
Pick your favorite piece of equipment to use, bring a water bottle, and arrive a few minutes early to get the equipment set up to your height.
10:30 – 11:45am Tai Chi led by Ricky

Fridays: Head Yoga, Spin Classes, balance training & Core strengthening Classes
9:00am – 9:30am:  Head yoga led by Anne Prestwor in the fireplace room
9:30am – 10:00am: Spin Class in the front room led by Mike Beiermeister.  Bikes are limited so this will be first come first served.
10-10:30 am: Seated balance class
10:30 – 11am: Standing balance class
Pick the class / classes you feel most able and comfortable participating in. We will have chairs set up to sit on and/or use for balance support. 

Email Kate at with any questions.

Friday Morning Bike Ride
It’s going to be too cold this Friday…no ride.  Let’s work hard indoors all winter so we’re ready to ride again in the spring.

Educational Sessions

This Friday, March 8th  11:00 – noon.  Rob Multerer, President of the National MS Society – Wisconsin Chapter will be here with a couple of board members to discuss the National MS Society.

Friday, March 15th  11:00 – 1:00pm.  Memorial Service for Dianne Post

 Saturday, March 23rd  2:00- 3:00pm.  Chair Yoga.
Join Ricky and other yoga teachers for a chair yoga class on Saturday, March 23rd, 2-3pm at the MS – Just Keep Moving gym.
Yoga improves strength, balance, the ability to stand or walk, and alignment of the body.

Future topics could include: emotional health, nutrition, yoga, tai chi, wellness topics, safe use of gym equipment for your body, best exercise for you and more.  What topics would you like to see?  Please let Kate, Joan, Traci, Ricky or Dan know

 Let’s get together!
We’ll be getting together from 9:00am – noon on Wednesday and Friday mornings at the gym.  I hope you’ll join us!

Wisconsin Metal Parts – Westmound Building
MS-Just Keep Moving, Inc.
W228N791 Westmound Drive
Waukesha, WI 53186

Prayer Group  We’ll be having our prayer group Wednesday @ 11:00am.
I just love the way we share, pray and laugh together while we witness prayers being answered weekly.  It’s truly amazing!

Thanks goes to God and to everyone that joins us.  Let’s get together to share, listen, talk, give thanks, and pray however God leads us.

MS-Just Keep Caring – Our Caregivers support group will be the first and third Friday of each month from 10:00 – 10:30am.  The next one will be Friday, March 15, 2024.  If you’re a caregiver of someone you love with MS, please join us and share your experience of caring for your loved one.  This has been very helpful for many.  Thanks to all who participate!

Our Facebook page is private.  That means you’ll need to join if you want access to all our fun and progress.  We’re now up to 479 members.  That’s awesome!

Our Facebook page is very active and fun.  Lots of people are doing more and sharing their journey on Facebook.  Feel free to join, post and share your experiences and comments.

There were some awesome pictures, videos and comments shared again this past week.  Thank you to all who are sharing!

Thai Massage with Ricky Heldt
Ricky will be here on Wednesdays doing Thai Massage.  Ricky will be taking Fridays off for a while.  Perhaps through the summer.

Many continue making great progress with chronic pain relief, range of motion, walking better and a new sense of hope when Ricky works with them.  Please keep in mind that consistency is key.  Not only with Ricky…with exercise too.  We need consistency to realize the benefits long term.  We want you to have long term benefits and relief.

Ricky has a sign up board based on first come first serve.  You can pick the time slot that works for you.  I highly encourage you to take advantage of Ricky’s Thai Massages each day and sign up for your time slot as soon as you get there.

Reiki with Linda  Linda will be here on Fridays doing Reiki.  Many people say Linda’s Reiki work is “magical”.  We’re thankful for Linda sharing her gifts and talents with us.  Feel free to let Linda know you’d like to do Reiki with her.  She also has a sign up sheet.

Inspirational Humor with Adam Wollert
We’ll be having our inspirational humor zoom call with Adam again next Tuesday.  Adam is a gift to all of us.  Thanks to all who joined us today!

Please join us if you can.
Tuesdays @ 1:30PM
Here’s the link to join us…I hope you do!
Join Zoom Meeting with this link

Meeting ID: 943 138 9152
Passcode: 3qP2hu
Phone:   1-312-626-6799

Let’s reach out
I encourage you to share a smile and encouragement with someone.  Perhaps you could call someone that you have not talked with for a while just to say hi and see how they are doing.  We all could use a little extra love and encouragement.

MS is tough.  Let’s have faith, remain calm, be flexible, help each other and learn as much as we can about the challenges of each day as we make good choices.

Let’s keep moving, loving and smiling 😊

In God We Trust…we are in good hands.

P.S. I was able to get back by my Mom and the Mississippi River near Dubuque Iowa this past weekend.  The migration of Pelicans was happening.  I’ve never seen anything like it.

They were flying pretty low

Some of them flew between me and the tree tops

Many (thousands) landed by an island and took a rest.  They were all gone the next morning.

I had some swans fly over too

They’re beautiful birds too

The geese were active too

As well as the bald eagles

The wind gave this guy a nice hair do

This is my favorite picture of the weekend.  I walked as slowly as I could to see how close I could get to him.  I literally got right underneath of him without him flying.  He gave me the old eagle eye.  I was ok with that. 😊

For those who can’t get out and enjoy nature due your challenges with MS…my heart is with you.  You are with me every time I’m out there.  I enjoy being out there and I also enjoy sharing with you.  I know how hard it is not to be able to get out and enjoy nature.  Let’s enjoy nature and God’s beauty together this way.