This June, I am taking part in the
Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!
Why? Because right now, cancer is the biggest killer of children from disease in the United States. Over 15,700 children are diagnosed every year, and sadly, 38 children die of cancer every week. Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.
So I am riding out and raising funds through the Great Cycle Challenge to help these kids and support Children’s Cancer Research Fund to allow them to continue their work to develop lifesaving treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.
Please support me by joining the my cycle team, "Cycle Stunners" and making a donation to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve. Your support will change lives.
Click the link to learn more and make your donation! Every penny counts!
Thank you for your support!
Set aside in 1976, Cave Mountain Small Wild Area is among many locations along the Tennessee River preserved by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Recently revitalized, the trail offers a 1.2- mile adventure that sits minutes from Lake Guntersville Dam. An easy to moderate stroll through upland deciduous forests, you're going to love the fantastic wildflower displays and views of both Wheeler Lake and a Tupelo Gum swamp. While you're there, take in some history along the way and explore the namesake cave.
Sitting slightly uphill on your right, the cave makes a great reprieve on a hot summer day. Feel free to explore, but be aware of a dangerous vertical drop a few hundred yards in. In late fall, you'll have the chance to collect your own luck charms, buckeye seeds, and view the migrating waterfowl that call the area home in the colder months. As the trail rounds the other side of the mountain, you'll ascend quickly, with brief views of the Guntersville Dam, best viewed in winter. On the ridgeline, the forest changes character again to upland hardwood, offering nice views north and east over the swamp and the Tennessee River itself.Watch your footing as you meander downhill through some rocky traverse, and turn left at the junction to return to the trailhead. But don't leave before you scope out some bald eagles nesting at the Guntersville Dam, just minutes away. It's a fantastic spot to have a lunch post hike and get your fishing game on.
We will meet at Fitness DEFY'd at 630am for those that wish to carpool to the hiking location site.
Directions: Take Highway 231 south for 19.5 miles, turning left on Union Grove Road. Go approximately 13 miles, and turn left on Snow Point Road. There is a small parking area on the left side of the road, past the gate.
Blevins Gap Nature Preserve is 971.12 acres of scenic vistas, rock overhangs, trails, and pristine forest. It features a 10.5 mile trail system. This Preserve is one of three Land Trust Preserves that are each larger than Central Park and are all within Huntsville city limits.
Called Huntsville's own “Little Applachian Trail,” the Preserve contains the southernmost remnant of the Space Walk Trail created by Boy Scouts in the 1960's that ran from Monte Sano State Park to the south end of Green Mountain.
The northern portion of the Preserve holds the first piece of property donated to Alabama's first land trust (now the Land Trust of North Alabama) in 1988. These acres now feature the Stevenson and Fanning trails named for the first land donors.
A well-used trail system for passive non-motorized recreation, this Preserve is a favorite of runners, mountain bikers, and hikers. The trails are valued for their variety as well as their scenic vistas.
Directions: From Memorial Parkway South, take Airport Road exit. Go east on Airport Road which becomes Carl T. Jones Drive. Turn left onto Cecil Ashburn Drive.Continue on Cecil Ashburn Drive to the top of the mountain for the entrance to the trailhead on right.
Me and the #SneakerDivas are celebrating Black motherhood all throughout the entire month of May.
You should join us for the #GirlTrek #MAMATHON!
What is a #Mamathon?
A pledge to walk - run - or hike 52.4 miles in the month of May in honor of a mothers and women that have been a great influence in our lives.
Because our mamas and grandmas and aunties and sisters go twice as hard for us!
We have created a walking group that will meet at different times weekly to complete the challenge and for support! You don't have to attend the group meet-ups to support the #GirlTrek #MAMATHON movement. All you have to do is complete the 52.4 miles over the entire month of May! For more details and to get started, visit the #GirlTrek #SneakerDivas website and register today!
#SneakerDivas 3.5 mile meet-up schedule for May 1st - 31st, as follows:
Monday 630pm - Fitness DEFY'd - (1800 Jordan Lane, Huntsville AL)
Tuesday 600am - Fitness DEFY'd - (1800 Jordan Lane, Huntsville, AL)
Wednesday 600am - Fitness DEFY'd - (1800 Jordan Lane, Huntsville AL) 700pm - Fitness DEFY'd - (1800 Jordan Lane, Huntsville AL)
Thursday 600am - Fitness DEFY'd - (1800 Jordan Lane, Huntsville AL)
Saturday Hiking - check the calendar for the details and locations
We invite you to “Take a Hike” and join us on our ”Spring Hiking Series".
One of five land preserves owned and maintained by the Land Trust of North Alabama, Wade Mountain Preserve has set aside 843 acres of upper woodland forest, capped with the “Devil's Racetrack”, a semi-arid micro-climate with unique wildflowers and numerous fossils. Offering scenic views and a quiet respite on the north side of town, the preserve earned a National Recreation Trail designation in 2011. Visitors will also enjoy the numerous caves and two seasonal waterfalls.
With a trailhead on either side of the mountain, your adventure can begin with a hard grind or an easy stroll. Set out from the Spragins Hollow trailhead on the south side up the steep Devil's Racetrack Trail, or use the short Piney Loop Trail as your warm up before the steep climb. You'll pass several social trails that lead off to various caves, but be aware of preserve boundaries as some land is still private. Take a break on one of the benches here and enjoy a view down into the hollow itself. If you're tired of the incline,hang a left on the Rock Wall Trail and pass Smithers Spring, the headwaters of Pinhook Creek which flows through downtown. Loop back on the Shovelton or Harris trails to reach the Devil's Racetrack,with great views north of Huntsville and the American Columbo, which only blooms every few years. The Wade Mountain Trail crosses the summit and continues downhill on the west side of the mountain, which offers the Wade Mountain Greenway. Stop to see one of the waterfalls off of the Bostick Trail, and take some easily accessible sinks along the Cotton Valley Trail before finishing your journey.
Directions: Take Memorial parkway north past Alabama A&M, cross Winchester Road and take the first left turn, Hollow Road. Follow Hollow Road west to Spragins Hollow Road, following it until you see the parking area on your right.
Who's up for the challenge?
I just signed up for another Warrior Dash race thats happening on April 22nd at Milky Way Farms in Tennessee.
I'm inviting you to join me, and let's have some fun!
If you register now and use the code WARRIORDASHNOW, you'll get $10 off registration for ANY Warrior Dash race location in the US.
We invite you to “Take a Hike” and join us on our ”Spring Hiking Series":
Wildflower Trail on Monte Sano Nature Preserve
One of the most beloved areas for families…The Land Trust's Wildflower Trail is at it’s finest with wildflowers along Fagan Creek. Benches allow for rest and contemplation.
From Governor’s Drive, drive north on California (by Huntsville Hospital East; right onto Hermitage Drive. Continue east 9/10 of a mile and turn left on Cleermont. Parking lot is on left at the end of Cleermont. (Access to Wildflower, Fagan Springs, Wagon, and Alms House Trails.)
Suggested hiking equipment: long pants, comfortable closed toe shoes with good tread, and bottled water. You might also consider bringing a hiking stick, trail snacks, and a camera.
Woman 2 Woman is a community-based ministry that serves single mothers from all walks of life by providing resources including spiritual guidance, financial guidance, and a sense of sisterhood and encouragement amongst other single mothers.
Woman 2 Woman will host its 3rd Annual Single Moms Conference April 7-8, 2017, at All Nations Christian Center located at 2721 Winchester Rd., Huntsville, AL. The conference will kick-off with its Night of Praise and Worship on Friday, April 7th, at 7:00pm. On Saturday, April 8th, at 9:00 am there will be a variety of dynamic speakers and amazing testimonies.
Nestled in the heart of Madison, atop it's tallest peak is a hidden gem. Minutes from downtown, the Rainbow Mountain Preserve, technically part of Stoneridge Park owned and operated by the city, wraps one side of the mountain, offering adventures through boulder gardens, bluffs, a wonderland of wildflowers throughout the year and fantastic views of the city below. Though small in size --only 130 acres and 3 miles of total trails -- there are five distinct trails ranging from glades to woodland streams.
From the main parking area, we will venture through the playground and take a right at the large boulder where you'll descend through an upland mixed deciduous forest. The trail quickly narrows, winding through boulders before reaching the next junction. Hang right and enjoy a stretch of level ground and views to the valley before descending again. Or, for added adventure, take the JaMooKo Loop. The name is a combination of various pets from members of Madison Greenway and Trails, Inc., a non-profit who fought to preserve these trails originally. You'll pass several pit caves, as well as some small trail spurs leading to hidden treasure. Check out the Jolly Green Giant's Hippie Beads, but be prepared to do a little bushwhacking. The Rainbow Loop turns steep as it pulls back toward the ridgeline past some interesting rock formations, rich with fossils.
The trail system is perfect for an evening stroll, while the more challenging aspects of the preserve and multiple loop possibilities make for a great training ground for longer hikes with various terrain combos. Its diversity also makes the preserve a favorite spot for local outdoors groups.
From Hwy. 72 (University Dr.); turn south onto Hughes Road.
From Madison Blvd. (old Hwy 20), turn north onto Hughes Rd.
From Hughes Road, turn east onto Lynnbrook Drive into Stone Ridge subdivision across from Discovery Middle School; turn right onto Concord Drive then take a left on Stoneway Trail to the top of the hill; bear right at the T intersection and go to the parking lot at the water tower (app. .6 mile).
Are you up for the challenge? #10lbLoseItChallenge
December is usually the hardest month to stay on track towards your fitness and healthy lifestyle goals. So this year I'm challenging you to lose 10 pounds during the month of December! It's super simple. Here's all you have to do:
--- Complete the #NoExcusesWorkout twice a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week!
--- Drink one gallon of water daily!
That's it! Easy right?
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I will post the #NoExcusesWorkout on all social media platforms and the jquenow.com website. The rest is up to you. #YouCanDoIt
If you focus on giving full effort to the workouts and consistently drink one gallon of water daily, staying on track for your fitness goals through the holiday season will be as easy as 1, 2, 3. Plus, you'll lose 10 pounds. Woop woop woop woop!
I'll be sending motivational tips and encouragement along the journey! And remember to post your photos and progress reports using the hashtag #10lbLoseItChallenge for a chance to win one month of FREE personal training with ME!!!!
Let's do this and start the new year with a BANG!
FitnessDEFY'd Hiking Club Series:
The Grand Canyon of the South: Walls Of Jericho
The Walls of Jericho are in Jackson County, Alabama about 25 miles northwest of Scottsboro. There are 10 miles of horse trails and 3.5 miles of hiking trails. Both lead into the gorge. A tent-onlly camping area is available at the bottom. The hike is about 3.5 miles in length, one-way, and is downhill most of the route into the gorge. That, of course means the walk back will be mostly uphill. It is a strenuous hike, so visitors should wear comfortable hiking shoes and take plenty of water and snacks.
The Walls of Jericho in Jackson County, Alabama, is being called “The Grand Canyon of the South.” More than 10,000 hikers, amateur photographers, birdwatchers and horseback riders have explored this natural marvel since it opened in August 2004.
Visitors are drawn to the grandeur of the narrow gorge. You can travel to the bottom of its 50-yard-wide limestone bowl and look up at 200-foot-tall cliffs on each side. In a heavy rain, water shoots out of holes and cracks in the rock.
As always, Diversity of the Minds Radio brings you the hottest guests so you always have to tune in and if you're following the network on www.blogtalkradio/diversityoftheminds then you already know about our blazing hot line up! Tonight, we bring you J'Que Ellis!
J'Que Ellis is one of Alabama's leading professional fitness & wellness entrepreneurs for over 15 years.She is a mentor, thriving philanthropist, and role mode with business savvy and ambition that transcends both race and gender. She holds a Biology Major from The University of Alabama and a Counselling Major from Huntsville Bible College. Her mantra “Faith, Fitness, and Fortitude” has truly driven her success and ability to give her best to her clients, friends, family and community.
JQue holds current certifications from some of the country's leading programs NESTA, & AFAA including over 5 specialty certifications such as Kettlebell Concepts, Less Mills, Zumba & more. Through her fitness & lifestyle facility “Fitness Defyd” she continues to progress the industry though both traditional methods, modern and advanced technologies. She’s produced a series of dvd’s, a clothing line, a lifestyle app, fitness accessories, and more. She has a unique connection with her audience that stems from her own past personal struggles with her body image and journey surviving cancer. However, once she was able to challenge her body in new ways, and through her faith and determination, she reached her goal.
“ As a brand manager, I am concerned with creating a lasting impression among consumers and improving product/service sales and market share for my clients. My job consists of planning, developing and directing marketing/advertising efforts for a particular brand based on market trends to ensure the right message is delivered for my clients.”
"As a personal trainer/wellness coach, I not only help clients achieve their fitness and health goals, but I am responsible for assisting the client through the process of working toward better health by providing exercise programming, nutritional guidance, support, encouragement, and education."