The Project Healthy Body Team

Artwork by Marybel Martin

beth-hillBeth Hill, Certified Holistic Health Coach
I am Beth, and I AM GRATEFUL.

I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach, mom, foodie & creative chef on an amazing journey to sustainable wellness, happiness & peace of mind.

I AM GRATEFUL because the universe led me to stumble across Jennifer’s story online and it spoke to me as if she had lived my life and experienced everything I had as a fat girl in a thin world.

My story is simple:  I was a fat kid, a fat college student, a fat adult and at my heaviest, a really fat bride! In 2007, I finally had had enough so I made changes. It took me almost 10 years to explore the why’s, how’s and reasons I gained so much weight. I tirelessly researched everything I could about healthy cooking and eating and slowly shed 100 lbs. Then life, a child and stress got the better of me and during the past few years the scale started going up instead of down — I felt stuck, afraid & defeated!

Jennifer’s story came to me at the right time. I had just completed my certification at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and was myself a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I was really enjoying helping people get healthy, but I couldn’t seem to help myself! With trepidation and transparency, I reached out to Jennifer to see if Project Healthy Body was right for me it was! It was the BEST GIFT I could have given myself!

As a happy client of Project Healthy Body since May, I have lost weight and inches, and gained all the pieces I was missing previous to finding Jennifer. My journey to wellness has been a crazy, wonderful adventure…one that I will enjoy for the rest of my happy, healthy life! I am now living life as a healthy person daily. I AM GRATEFUL for the opportunity to share my knowledge and help other women live life as a healthy person, and really enjoy this amazing life!

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holly-higgins-profileHolly Higgins, 
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and Whole30 Certified Coach
I am Holly, and I am COMMITTED.

Today, I am a vibrantly healthy nutritionist and coach who helps other women step into their power, but let me tell you — it hasn’t always been this way.

My life came to a screeching halt in 2012, when I finally sought help for my severe depression and anxiety. Even though my life looked good on the outside (great husband, great career), I was falling apart at the seams. Over the course of my mental health treatment, I was diagnosed with 10 different mood disorders and tried 10 different psychiatric medications. I was told that I had extreme chemical imbalances and genetic issues, and that I would struggle with my mood for my entire life.

One of the main side effects of antidepressants is weight gain, and I gained a lot — 60 pounds in just a year and a half. While my mood had improved somewhat, I was now depressed because I was clinically obese. I was deeply ashamed of the woman I saw in the mirror, and no matter what I tried, the weight wouldn’t budge. I felt trapped in a body I didn’t recognize, taking medications that made me sick. I really felt like my life was over.

After trying countless diets, I finally discovered Whole30. At the end of 30 days, I not only lost weight, but my mood improved radically. Something shifted. At that point, I COMMITTED to changing my lifestyle for good. I kept eating a Whole30 template, I lost all the weight (60 pounds!), and my doctor helped me wean from all of my medications. I went back to school to become a nutritionist and study the connection between nutrition and mental health. I went from broken to thriving, and I knew I had to help other women do the same.

I met Jennifer on Instagram four years ago, and we have been massive cheerleaders for each other on this crazy journey. I know two things: you can’t do this alone, and you have to be COMMITTED. That’s why I’m so honored to join Project Healthy Body, which blends community and commitment. My favorite women to coach are those who have “drawn the line in the sand” and decided they are never looking back. I did it. So can you.

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Chrissy McIntyre, CMO – Chief Motivational Officer
Facebook Member’s Only Moderator, FitBit Hustle Lead & Point of Contact for PHB


I am Chrissy, and I AM RESILIENT.

My name is Chrissy and I found Jennifer through Holly VonDemfange’s blogging about her own Project Healthy Body journey! At the time I was 271 pounds and my BMI was over a 40 (not good). I was sick of being sick. I wanted freedom and I was done making excuses. I started my own Project Healthy Body journey in May 2017, and as of November 2017 I am down 75 pounds. I have moved from a life of self-loathing to one of self-love and confidence. I can handle anything life throws at me and I have the support of this amazing group of ladies when I need an extra hand.

Since working with Jennifer, I have become a healthy person, putting self-care first and foremost on my agenda as it is my most important job. In addition to this, I have also started an interior design business. Jennifer taught me that any goal I have is achievable. If I can see it, I can make it happen. I just needed to start, so I did and my life has changed in so many ways.

I live in Squamish, British Columbia Canada with my Husband Aaron, and our two kids, Isla and Alex. I now get to take full advantage of my beautiful town as a healthy person, and have reconnected with many outdoor activities I once believed I would never do again.

It’s never too late, never stop showing up for yourself, and start being RESILIENT!

I hope to see you on your own Project Healthy Body journey!

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Holly VonDemfange
Coach in Training, producer of the Project Healthy Body Podcast, Facebook Page Moderator, and Project Healthy Body Blog content manager, and contributor
I am Holly, and I AM BEAUTIFUL.

I have lost 85 pounds. I like to lead with that, because I am so darned proud of myself. I found Jennifer when Sheryl Sandberg shared Jennifer’s journey from self-hate to self-love, I am Jennifer, a Compulsive Overeater. I began working with her in January 2017, when I joined Project Healthy Body. It has both saved and changed my life. It has saved my life, because at 325lbs and a BMI of 50.9, I was well on my way toward an early death. It has forever changed my life, because I have since become passionate about both my own health and vitality, and helping other women start their own journeys toward self-love and increased vitality.

The self-confidence I have gained through this program has led me to reconnect with my gift of story-telling, and I launched my blog back in March What a Girl Wants which chronicles my weight loss adventures in my own unique, bold, and often hilarious style. I am thrilled to be managing the Project Healthy Body blog, and producing the Project Healthy Body Podcast, coming in 2018!

I have also enrolled at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach and give back to other women who struggle with obesity, what Jennifer, and Project Healthy Body, has given to me.  Which is, in short, my life back, and the realization that I AM BEAUTIFUL, inside and out.

I live in San Jose, California with my husband Craig, daughters Quinn and Wrenn, and dog Walter. During the daylight hours Monday through Friday, I can be found at Facebook’s headquarters where I have been a superstar executive assistant for over nine years.

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Janikke Klem, Coach in Training
I am Janikke, and I AM WORTHY

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Janikke Klem is the Vice President of Community and Government Relations with Tech CU. She is responsible for leading philanthropy, community engagement, and Government Relations program. An active community member, she sits on several nonprofit boards, chairs a local foundation, and is a volunteer at her kids’ preschool. Janikke has been honored as a Woman of Influence and her company ranks in the top 50 most Philanthropic Companies in Silicon Valley. She is a mom of 3 year old twins, is married, and has two cats (living the dream right?).

Here’s the truth, I am a recovering food addict and emotional eater. I have been overweight most of my life, starting my first formal diet when I was a freshman in high school and in my 30s reaching a high of 290 lbs. I specialized in creating an external persona that read happy, successful, and loving life, at all times, when really I was run down, unhealthy, and loathing myself inside because of how I looked on the outside. But that changed when I decided to put myself first. Working with Jennifer individually and then via Project Healthy Body, I realized that self-love and self-care are the keys to freedom from guilt, anxiety, and dread. Project Healthy Body gave me the education, tools, and support to not only lose 50 pounds and counting, but shed the self-shame that held me back from being my most authentic, powerful, true self. This journey has led me to enroll at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I am dedicated to helping others find their path to their most healthy, authentic, powerful, and true selves. This is because I AM WORTHY of self-love and so are you.

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Leili McMurrough, Coach in Training
I am Leili, and I AM EMPOWERED.

To say I am busy is an understatement – I have two girls Audrey (6) and Clara (3). I am an attorney, a funeral director at my family’s funeral home and I oversee a college.  Getting healthy was always something on my to-do list, but always seemed out of reach. I put my family, career, education – anything I could before taking care of myself. I have spent most of my life overweight pretending it didn’t matter because I was smart and successful. However, I was miserable. I was tired of my life passing me by and feeling out of control.

I started working with Jennifer and Project Healthy Body in June and the chaos and fog I had been living in for 30 years was lifted, almost immediately. I learned that what was stopping me all these years has been fear – fear of failure, fear of change and fear of challenge. I am now down over 22 pounds and on my way to a healthy BMI, I am no longer obese. The cycle of dieting, failing, and constant disappointment is over. Realizing that I am in control of my life has been empowering. I AM EMPOWERED.

I decided to make changes and part of that is being present in my life and taking an active role in my health. I enrolled at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and am on my way to becoming a Certified Holistic Health Coach, coaching my own Project Healthy Body groups. When you get healthy, you realize what a gift you have been given and you can’t wait to share what you have learned.