When Paula Gething set off on her weight loss and fitness journey a couple of years ago, she never imagined it would lead to her featuring in a television commercial alongside star trainer Michelle Bridges.

The South Morang resident signed up for Bridges’ 12-week body transformation program after her 50th birthday in an effort to make the second half of her life as healthy as possible.

She has since completed the program 11 times, lost 10 kilograms and become fit enough to run three 10-kilometre races.

Last year, Ms Gething was approached by Bridges’ team and asked if she would appear in the next commercial for the program.

She jumped at the chance and was flown to Sydney for a couple of days in September for filming.

Ms Gething said being part of the commercial was an amazing opportunity, adding that meeting Bridges was “a real honour”.

“She has been an inspiration to me,” she said.

“I heard about the program from friends and thought I would give it a go.

“ It suited my lifestyle and taught me to be accountable and organised.

“I have lost 10 kilograms, but more important to me is I have been able to maintain my weight.

“Everybody tries quick fixes, but this is something you can do over time.”