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In the second episode of Brain Over Belly, host Rick Dunn introduces us to Mona, our first of two special people who are committed to losing their excess weight and keeping it off for life, with the help of Dr. David Brown at Idaho BMI.

Mona and Rick are co-workers at local radio station 101.9 The Bull. Mona hosts the midday Bull Ride, and Rick hosts the afternoon Bull Ride. But because of the pandemic, this is the first time they have actually sat down across from one another to talk. It’s a delightful banter that will make you smile, and their vulnerability about a subject that is so difficult for so many people will touch your heart.

Here are some highlights from the episode (without spoiling all the fun):

I don’t recognize the person in the mirror.

Mona, like so many women, grew up thinking “You could never be too pretty or too skinny.” A hiccup in life about twenty years ago had her turn to food to ease a deep pain, and she gained an extra 50 pounds. “I’m used to being thin. So, I don’t know how to be a fat person. I don’t recognize the person in the mirror. I don’t even know who that is.”

I don’t want to fight my clothes.

Her weight struggles have had a huge impact on her social life. “Because of my weight, I find myself stepping back to where I don’t want to fight my clothes to get out of the house.”

But I want to get outside and run with my grandchildren.

If she were to write a letter today to the person she will be in 18 months, she would say “I hope that you are getting outside and doing all the things you wanted to do like hiking and biking and running around with your grandchildren. I hope that you are not hiding in the house anymore.”

We have to be brave, put in the work, and be who we want to be.

To all the women out there with similar weight struggles, Mona says, “We have to be brave enough to get out there and do something about it. Nothing is a quick fix – which is what we all want. That magic pill where we wake up and we are going to be thin and beautiful tomorrow. We have to admit that’s not going to happen, and then we have to put in the work to get it done. And be who we want to be.”

The start of an exciting transformation

Mona is excited for the support and guidance of Dr. Brown and his staff at Idaho BMI and plans to lean on them to help her get through her weight loss journey. We’re excited to share in her transformation. So take the time to listen to Mona’s story and check back every month to hear how she’s doing. The Brain Over Belly podcast is available everywhere you listen to audio. Subscribe at Listen Boise now.

What have you got to lose?