Today we’d like to introduce you to Tashe Gray.
Hi Tashe, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Hello, my name is Tashe’ Gray i’m 29 from Kansas City Missouri. I grew up obese, depressed and was bullied my whole life for it. I have 11 siblings and 13 nieces and nephews, and I was the biggest of all of them. My doctor told me that I wouldn’t live past the age of 24. At the very age of 24 I took my entire life’s savings and invested in my life. I paid for bariatric surgery in cash. Getting gastric bypass was the best thing that I could ever do for myself. My highest weight was 600 pounds. My surgery weight was 499 (lost 100 pounds on my own before surgery). My lowest weight was 195 pounds. I began to go to the gym twice a day every day. Drink water and get plenty of protein. Losing 400 pounds was an amazing feeling. However, I still don’t like the way I look due to the excess skin that I have. My insurance won’t cover it because it is considered a cosmetic procedure. While wearing a short sleeve shirt, people stare. I wish to get it removed but I don’t have the finances to do so. I am very confident with my loose skin; I do dream to one day have it removed. **I have started a website/blog www.bariatricberries.com. It supports the weight loss and mental health community. As a certified mental health life coach, I want to share my experiences with people and help them through theirs. It is a free blog for questions about weight, weight loss, and mental health. I speak heavily about my TikTok (Tashe Gray). I do all this while working two jobs to support myself. Thanks
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I STRUGGLE WITH FOOD ADDITION DAILY. MAINTAINING MY WEIGHT LOSS IS HARD. I DO FALL OFF MY DIET AND HEALTHY LIFESTLE, BUT I PRAY AND DO MY BEST TO RE-FOCUS. I MAINTAIN MY MENTAL HEALTH THRU THERAPY AND PRAYER. IT IS HARD TO KEEP MY MENTAL HEALTH IN CHECK I AM DEALING WITH A LOT. HOWEVER, I KNOW THAT MY CURRENT ISSUES ARE TEMPORARY. i struggle with working so much and balancing everything. IT WAS NOT A SMOOTH ROAD BUT I APPRECIATE THE BUMPS. PEOPLE TYPICALLY DO NOT APPRECIATE THINGS THAT ARE GIVEN TO THEM EASILY. I AM EXPERIENCING HATE COMMENTS AND JEALOUS FROM THOSE AROUND ME AND FAMILY. I RECENTLY STARTED MEDITATING IN ORDER TO KEEP A LEVEL HEAD. FACING OBSTABLES ARE NEEDED ON YOUR JOURNEY. IT NOT ONLY SHOWS HOW INTERESTED YOU ARE IN THE GOAL, BUT IT ALSO SHOWS DETERMINATION. I HAD TO GET READY MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY FOR MY LIFE TO CHANGE DRASTICALLY
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I AM A HEALTHCARE WORKER. I HAVE BEEN IN HEALTHCARE FOR 11 YEARS. I HAVE WORKED ALONGSIDE DOCTORS IN MANY DIFFERENT AREAS OF MEDICINE. I HAVE WORKED AS A PART TIME SERVER FOR ABOUT 4 YEARS. I PICKED UP 2 SECOND JOB WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE. I WORKED TO JOBS THE entire time I was in college. I still work 2 jobs now due to the cost of living being so high.
I am A CERTIFIED MENTAL HEALTH LIFE COACH AND FITNESS ADVISOR. I CURRENTLY OFFER FREE THERAPY AND FITNESS COACHING TO THE PUBLIC. I AM A ONLINE CONTENT CREATOR AS WELL. I POST VIDEOS AND PICTURES ON TIKTOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AND SNAPCHAT. I POST A VARIATION OF CONTENT SUCH AS HEALTH, ADVICE AND COMEDY
Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
do my best: I USE TikTok and Instagram TO HELP KEEP ME UP TO DATE. MY LIFE MOVES FAST AND I MISS A lot. Apps such as Facebook, twitter and snapchat keeps me in the loop as far as what people are talking about and what people are doing. I appreciate social media so much.
- Website: www.bariatricberries.com
- Instagram: tashe_gray
- Twitter: tashe_gray
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT8_A-9qD4qYCHnSHgBDDIQ
- Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@tashe_gray?lang=en