Jennifer Joffe, PHB Founder & Coach
Certified Holistic Health Coach & Whole30 Certified Coach
I am Jennifer, and I AM ENOUGH!
I grew up fat. There is not a time in my life I was not 10 to 20 pounds overweight, and often more. I spent hours blaming others, and circumstances. I spent hours fantasizing about how my life would be perfect, “If only I were thin.” I spent hours planning all the things I would do, all the experiences I would have when “I was thin”. Someday, one day…I’ll start Monday…I lived everywhere but in the present with myself. I loved everyone but myself. I was my own worst enemy, and this cycle that went on for decades.
So what changed? Well, I stopped chasing skinny and started chasing healthy! I lost 66 by changing the foods I ate. When you eat real food, and not too much of it you will lose weight and you will feel better. It is THAT simple. But it is a lifestyle, not a quick fix. Small steps and new habits over time. But I settled in the 180’s with a high BMI, no muscle mass, and still no self-love. Even no longer being obese had not brought me happiness. The rest of my story was a series of events that helped me wake up and realize I had been playing it safe my entire life! Chasing skinny, and staying stuck. You can read more here.
Physical movement is also part of the equation. I do think this is a much smaller piece of the puzzle than we have been led to believe. You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet. A lot of people have been able to use exercise to “break-even”, meaning eat what they want and not gain weight. However after time, and as we age, this formula no longer works. In the end we all need to eat real food, plain and simple. Even if your bad habits do not show up on the scale, they will show up in other ways: blood work, heart disease, cancer, accelerated aging…the list goes on. That said exercise is good for our hearts, our minds, our souls…and it can never hurt to walk off a bad day. For food addicts and compulsive over-eaters it also supplies the rush of endorphins “Happy Chemicals”, that we attempted to feed with food.
For me, and many people who struggle with weight and health, there is a 3rd piece of the puzzle that has no measurable quantity….no modern day science, invention, tool or equation can help any of us with the one piece of the fitness puzzle that often prevents us from finding and maintaining success: The “emotional” piece. The self-love.
I promise you no diet, no exercise regime, no surgery, no pill-NOTHING out there will get you to a place of happiness, and self acceptance if you do not first love yourself. You must learn to love YOU, like YOU, believe in YOU, and then you will be happy. Happiness is not a destination, it is a state of being. Being happy has to start where you are, you can not wait to arrive there, “someday” needs to be today. You are worth that, we all are worth that.
I live in Portland, Oregon with my Husband, two teens, and our puppy, Harley. I run Project Healthy Body from my home, and could not do it without the amazing team of women you see below. PHB is a thriving online Network with over 200 women actively pursuing their health goals. We also run group coaching twice a year! If you are done with skinny, and ready to live your best, healthiest life, join us!
Holly VonDemfange, Influencer & Coach
Certified Holistic Health Coach
I am Holly, and I AM BEAUTIFUL.
I have lost 115 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 storytelling, and I launched my blog, What a Girl Wants, which chronicles my weight loss adventures in my own unique, bold, and often hilarious style.
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.
Chrissy McIntyre, Motivator & Coach
Certified Holistic Health Coach
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 2018, I am down more than 125 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!
Sharla Vega, Community Manager and Controller
Certified Holistic Health Coach
I am Sharla, and I AM WORTH IT!
Today I know I’m worth it, but this hasn’t always been the case. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a nagging voice in my head telling me I didn’t deserve to be happy/loved/have nice things/anything. Whenever something good happened in my life, it was only a matter of time before the voice reminded me I was unworthy. Because of this, I built a wall around myself and didn’t participate in life. I let the negative voice control me.
I heard about Jennifer and Project Healthy Body in late 2016. I was inspired by her story, but I didn’t reach out to her until I hit my rock bottom in July 2017. At that point, I still had many excuses for why I didn’t deserve anything better, and of course why I’d fail, but I needed help. From my first group with Project Healthy Body, I knew it was different than anything I’d done before. PHB isn’t a diet, it’s a path to health and self-love. As a result, I’ve lost 76 lbs so far, and feel better than I have in decades! PHB also provided me the tools to kick that negative voice out of my head. By releasing that negativity, embracing all that I do have in my life, and believing in myself, I am living the life I deserve because I AM WORTH IT!
My experience finding my authentic self and improving my health inspired me to enroll at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a holistic health coach. I want to help others overcome doubts or feelings of unworthiness and become their authentic, healthy selves, because you are WORTH IT too!
I now work on Jennifer’s team as a Motivator and Community Manager for the Project Healthy Body Network.
I live in Oregon with my husband, two cats and a dog. I’m a CPA but happily retired this past year, though I help keep PHB in good financial order! I love exploring the coast, hiking, and crafting.
Amanda Gregory, Fitbit Hustle Lead & PHB Admin
Whole30 Certified Coach
I am AMANDA, and I AM DETERMINED
I’m not only on the team, but I’m also a current client. I discovered PHB after starting a round of Whole30 where I was feeling pretty good and was looking for something that would help me continue to feel better and lose weight. As an Obliger (from The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin), I needed to find something which would help keep me accountable. After diving into the infinity pool of the internet, I found PHB and started reading many of the blogs on this site which just resonated with me. I identified with Jennifer and her clients so much, and was like “This is me!! I do that!!! If they could do it, then I should be able to do it too!”.
I don’t think I really knew what I was signing up for when I did it, and believe me, I have tried it all!! I’ve done all the popular diets, gone to weekly meetings, counted points, survived on meal replacement shakes (and nothing else), and even had a failed lap band surgery (it was successful at first, but I found a way around it, and have had it removed). All that being said, I have gained and lost a lot of weight over the past 30+ years of my life (yes, it started when I was a very young teenager). I have used and abused food as a way to cope with my feelings, out of boredom, and just plain old being lonely.
This program is so much more than a diet, it’s a journey. It’s not about cutting calories, measuring food, or becoming a gym rat. It’s about learning how to accept yourself for who you are, moving more, and making positive changes in your life by not only eating better, but treating yourself better, healing your body, and your mind. It’s also about making yourself a priority in this crazy busy world we live in!!
I started my journey in Jan of 2018, and it has been life changing for me in so many ways. At the start of my journey I weighed over 300 pounds, and could barely walk a city block. Through small changes over time, I have lost 75 pounds, and have regained my mobility, and I AM NEVER GOING BACK!!
I live near Portland, Oregon, with my husband David, and our dog Theo. I work full time as a Business Analyst for an Aerospace company during the week. On weekends, I enjoy volunteering at a local farmers market, cooking, hiking, hanging out with friends, reading a book, or indulging in some reality television. I hope to see you in the PHB network of amazing women soon!
Debbie Marlowe, Motivator & PHB Whole30 Coach
Whole30 Certified Coach
I am Debbie, and I AM STRONG!
My name is Debbie and I found Jennifer through insta-friends, then I started stalking Project Healthy Body. Perhaps you did too? I am also a Whole30 Coach so we are colleagues as well!
I have had asthma since I was 3 (asthma is an autoimmune disease). As a kid I was always self conscious because if I ran around I would have an asthma attack. If I ate something I was “allergic” to, I would have an asthma attack. Sometimes, for no reason at all, I would have an asthma attack. I had to take medicine and the other kids didn’t. I had to get shots and see the doctor weekly. My parents were scared to feed me anything that might make me have an attack, so I ate mostly cereal and breakfast foods (basically wheat and dairy).
Fast Forward 20 years and I am a massage therapist, with my own business, running a salon and spa and completely stressed out with 20 employees and a Type A personality. I would drink a smoothie for breakfast and eat cereal for dinner because I was so tired from working 15 hours a day. Self care was my job -for other people. Not for myself.
When I hit 40 my asthma really hit me hard. I also knew something else was going on. I figured my thyroid. But no one seemed to think anything was wrong with it. When I was 47 I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (another autoimmune condition). Even though functional doc, after doc didn’t diagnose me, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands. At 40 I went Paleo because we all know health starts in the kitchen.
By 41 I had done Whole30 and through a proper reintroduction found out that I don’t do well AT ALL with gluten, breads, cereals and dairy. Which as you know from above was my main form of “nutrition” for 40 years.
Whole30 changed my life. I started coaching local people through book clubs in 2011. When the certification for Whole30 coaching became available – I was in. I have only looked forward since, helping people and myself figure out their profiles. I met Jennifer through Whole30 and I’m a big fan of the movement she has created with Project Healthy Body!
I’m so excited to work with PHB, as Whole30 is only one step in a HUGE process of changing nutrition, behaviors, habits and mindsets. Jennifer has built a platform for change with love, honesty and integrity. I’m down with that. Perhaps you are too? If you are tired of being sick and tired – you, my love – are in the right corner of the internet.
I live in Tampa, FL with my hunka, hunka burning love Husband, two puppy dogs, our renovated bloodmobile in which we travel around and hope to retire in soon. We love to travel and if we are home now, we’ll be gone soon. I still have my massage therapy practice. I am an early bird, I CrossFit at 5am most days and more often than not, in sweaty workout gear. Wait – let’s call it athleisure! I am honored to be here and hope to see you in the PHB Community soon!
Karen Willoughby, PHB Nutritional Therapist
I am Karen and I am PEACE.
I met Jennifer through friends in our neighborhood and instantly clicked. We had similar thoughts on the power of nutrition, the magic of community, and the critical importance of love. I admire her gifts to bring people together through her commitment to community and loving ourselves. She is for me and to the PHB community, a “North Star” who shines light and leads the way.
As a former All American NCAA athlete, I have always been focused on health and fitness. However, after a car accident in 2009 and neck surgery, I needed to rebuild my body after the sheer exhaustion from the stress of surgery and an agitated nervous system. The trauma from the accident wrecked my gut health and caused numerous food sensitivities. I was in so much chronic pain, I could barely function and would need to rest every 3-4 hours. I visited pain specialists and other highly qualified medical specialists, but no one had any suggestions of how to calm my inflamed body and stressed body. I was sinking further and further into helplessness until I saw a practitioner who suggested a complete food overhaul. I finally found a way to rebuild my completely wrecked body using food as medicine. I went back to school at the Nutritional Therapy Association to learn about real food and how to make the body work and feel better. Every morsel of food can create vitality.
I know the despair that comes when people question if you are not working hard enough or doing the right things. I can help you create an individual plan that addresses food, exercise, parasympathetic state, and micronutrients in the form of supplementation that can help guide you in the right direction. All of us are bio individual and have slightly different needs. I am well versed in several different diets including Athletic Performance, Autoimmune, Anti Inflammatory, Elimination, Hormone Balancing, and Paleo. Each person has different needs and different ways of thriving through nutrition. In addition to nutrients, I have discovered the vital importance of a place of PEACE and acceptance with ourselves. Our nervous systems take a beating trying to keep up with life’s daily demands and it is very easy to keep ourselves on high alert. I love the PHB community and the raw vulnerability that binds us together. I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband, two teenage girls, and our Havanese puppy. I coach soccer, do nutritional consulting and work with athletic teams to improve performance.