Cecily Joined Forces With Friends to Get Fit

by VFG on September 28, 2009

Cecily Joined Forces With Friends to Get Fit

by Jacki Donaldson (Subscribe to Jacki Donaldson’s posts)
Sep 28th 2009 11:00AM

Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Fitness, Motivation, Success Stories

Age: 33

Height: 5 feet, 9 inches

Before weight: 162

How I gained it: For about three years, I dated a guy who was really obsessed with fitness and eating right, so I never really needed to be motivated about working out — he had enough motivation for both us. Our relationship came to an end in January of 2008, and I was freed from the scrutiny (food consumption) and boot-camp-like workouts I had endured. I still liked the results of working out, but without him, I just lacked the motivation of going to the gym. As the year went on, I began eating more and more and working out less and less. Also, I am a mother of two, and my metabolism has never been the same since having kids. Breaking point: My breaking point was earlier this year. I had been looking at pictures of myself — and I was the fat friend. My abdomen was so distended, my face was full, and my hips were wide! I weighed myself, and I was at least 20 pounds over my average weight. I started running at the park, which was horrible on my knees, then my friend Bernadette invited me out to hike.

How I lost it: We were hiking a couple days a week before we started telling other friends they should come out. Before we knew it, we had six to eight girls on the track, including my good friend and model/TV personality Claudia Jordan. Our workouts became our time to let our hair down and talk about the entertainment industry, our love lives and kids. A girlfriend of mine took pictures of our hikes, and soon we had an unofficial following on Facebook. People were inspired by our hikes, and soon, we felt guilty when we didn’t work out. Weird, right? Then others started asking us about meal plans, which meant we had to actually try to eat healthy! We created diet challenges — we’d go vegetarian for a week, pescatarian for a week, etc., and we posted our results on our Vallywood Fit Girls Club website. A few of us fell off, but many of us implemented some of the new changes in our diet.

We now have more than 1,000 friends on our Facebook fan page, and thousands of visits per week on our website. People have talked to us about a TV show, especially since we are all passionate about encouraging other women, especially black women, to work out. We’re all 30-plus, and the oldest member is 42 (she looks like a 20-year-old!).

Current Weight:

It took Cecily three months to lose the weight, and she has maintained her weight loss for six months.

Want to lose it like Cecily? Hit the trails and ramp up your calorie burn.

 Cecily Jamelia, BeforeCecily Jamelia, After
Cecily Jamelia Before & After
Photo: Cecily Jamelia

Name: Cecily Jamelia


  1. Tina Divina says:

    CONGRATS CECILY!! That is an inspirational story… Thank you so much for sharing!!

  2. Franchise Nicole says:

    Your Story Is So Amazing. I’ve Watch VG’s From The Beginning and I Think That You All Are Doing An Awesome Job of Maintaining Your Great Physiques. Keep Up The Good Work!!!
    ~Franchise Nicole (SadiddyVille)

  3. Carlos Demond says:

    What Can I say you have def shown that you have the drive to succeed and maintain a Great attitude while doing it. Thanks for sharing your story and keep up the Awesome Work!!!


  4. Ava Jadore says:


    I have always admired your strength and passion from day 1, after reading your story it has confirmed the Beautiful Woman you are inside and out, very motivating, AND YOU LOOK GREAT!!!!.. Keep doing your thing mama.. LOVE YA



  5. Alexander Hullett says:

    Love it.! This was a great article and you look fantastic. Congrats and much success to you and Valleywood.

  6. Willie Macc says:

    Cec love the new look, and the old I think you look great either way…I know no real man would or person would or should ever have anything to say. You are beautiful to me.

  7. Bernadette says:

    Great article ma! You came a long way to ever stop now…i’m glad that I was able to encourage you, but it took your determination to make it happen…Keep shining! -vfg Bernie

  8. Charles Hopkins says:

    Hey Cecily:
    Yes, your lifestyle is definitely working with you!
    Proper diet and exercise.
    We don’t need no psychics for dinner advice after all, eh?

  9. Ulrich A. Vouama says:

    Definitly a big change.

  10. Jephté Lamartinière Paulby Cangé says:

    Nice Cecily, nice…

  11. H Andre' Lowery says:

    Stand and take a bow Cecily……u go girl!

  12. Nacole Williams says:

    sawww…I see you in me sometimes…5’9 lost 30lbs..went from 195 to 160-163…keep doing you Cecily.

  13. Mutesi Jacky says:

    fitness is the key of life , keep up l am behind you .