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Get to know Sigrid and her journey to slimness and vitality

Stockists Update

“Half The Woman I Was” is now in over 32 book stores across Australia and New Zealand. If your local store hasn’t got a copy just ask them to get it in, or click on the Buy Her Book tab to get your copy.

New YouTube Video – The Journey

If you haven’t checked it out please take 4 minutes to take a look at my new video on the home page.

My aim with this video is that through my journey, people can start to see what I’m about, and can get inspired to create their own reality as I have done.

Creating this video was a real learning curve – Windows Live Movie, Windows Live and You Tube accounts, Widgets and more – but I’m happy with the result and I hope that you enjoy it.


My Journey


My name is Sigrid de Castella, I live in Melbourne, Australia.

In May 2004 I weighed in at a massive 143kg at only age 33! I always knew I wanted to do something about my weight but I always felt helpless, and every diet I ever tried only worked for a few days or weeks, and eventually failed.

In 2004 I finally got to my breaking point and chose to make some changes. I have hereditary lymphedema and so when I started my program I couldn’t walk 2km even slowly without puffing and breaking into a sweat. And water retention was a major issue, often requiring diuretics or rest and elevation. I wasn’t a Type 2 diabetic, but I’m sure it wouldn’t have been long before I was.

Over the next 20 months I started walking, then shuffling, then jogging. I swam and cycled and joined a gym and started resistance training (squatting one and a half times my body weight). I completed in the City to Surf and breezed up “Heartbreak Hill”.

I not only shed 70kg of unwanted body fat, I went from a size 30 to a size 10. My shoe size dropped from 12 to 9. Hats that never used to fit on my head slid on with ease. My bra cup size went from a 26 DD to a 10 B (OK so that one I wasn’t overly thrilled about, but it does make running easier).

Now I’ll be the first to admit that in 2004 I NEVER thought I could have achieved this sort of result – but I did.

People often ask me how I did it. It’s three easy words…………….

Education, Diet & Exercise

The hard part is making the commitment to change. The rest is easy!

More importantly, you need to address any heath plan in three areas:

Physical, Mental & Spiritual

If you don’t – you won’t succeed!

So this website is dedicated to all those people who don’t think they can loose weight – and keep it off.

Over the coming weeks and months I will share with you all my diet and exercise tips, I will reveal the physical, mental and spiritual changes that are required to make your journey to health and wellness a success. And I hope by doing this, I will inspire you to achieve.

I know you can do it ~

because I did!