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August 11, 2013

What are 95 pounds worth?

Frostburg man finds out in quest to get healthy

FROSTBURG — When Frostburg resident Bob Kolberg began his yearlong journey of losing 95 pounds and seeing his waist size drop from 44 inches to 34 inches, he didn’t expect to become $25,000 richer in the process.

“My son Adam talked to me about (fitness) just before Christmas in 2011. I agreed with him that it was time to do it,” said Kolberg, 54, who weighed 280 pounds then.

Adam Kolberg, a graduate student at West Virginia University and the youngest of Bob’s three sons, told his father he wanted him around.

“It was difficult to bring up the subject,” said Adam.

Bob, a longtime employee of the NewPage Corporation, had developed a sedentary lifestyle and grew into a rut following a divorce, according to Adam.

Adam, who had found success using programs by a national fitness company known as “Beachbody” and their affiliated nutrition products maker, “Shakeology,” encouraged his father to try the system.

“I started in the (programs) and the weight started to go and my blood pressure and cholesterol went down,” said Bob Kolberg.

Adam, who is also a fitness coach, helped to encourage his father through the process.

Bob began to transform his body with the workouts and dietary changes.

The health program turned Bob’s 5’7” frame from 280 pounds into 185.

Andy Kolberg, Bob’s oldest son, is in the U.S. Army and has done tours in Iraq and now Afghanistan.

“My brother Andy came home and said he would not have recognized him,” said Adam.

By the end of 2012, Bob experienced so much success with the workout programs like Power 90 and the meal replacement nutrition shakes that he submitted his results and story to an online competition called the Beachbody Challenge.

Beachbody selected Bob as the January 2013 male winner for the 50-plus age group, which included a $1,000 check. He was also selected as the Ultimate Health Transformation prize winner for the month and received another $1,000.

“The shakes only replace one meal a day. I eat better than I ever did before,” said Bob.

By winning the monthly challenge, Bob’s story was entered into Beachbody’s 2012 annual competition.

After weeks of online public and corporate voting, Bob was selected by Beachbody to come to a coaches summit in Las Vegas where he was awarded $25,000 as 2012’s “Ultimate Health Transformation Grand Prize Champion.”

“It’s been great. If I can do it, anyone can do it,” said Bob.

Adam, for his efforts as a Team Beachbody Coach, received $1,000 for the January challenge and $5,000 more at the annual event in Las Vegas.

For Bob, the ultimate reward came in May, when his middle son Aaron announced the birth to Kolberg’s first grandchild, Mya.

“It’s been a 180-degree turnaround for me,” said Bob, who once took medication for high blood pressure, water retention, high cholesterol, blood sugar and borderline type II diabetes. He no longer takes any medications.

Bob said he went from not being able to shovel snow for more than two or three minutes to an active lifestyle.

“I walked five miles today,” said Bob on Sunday.

He is now dating and has a girlfriend who is also into fitness.

Adam and his brothers have been thrilled with the changes in their father.

“He really changed. He didn’t feel comfortable with himself before. Now he has began dating,” said Adam. “This is what we wanted.”

As for Bob, he has no plans to look back.

“At first, people were skeptical when I started. Now they congratulate me. I’m going to keep moving forward,” he said.

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