XI. Do You Have Girl Boobs?

do you have skinny fat girl boobs

“You have girl boobs,” she said. Before those words shook my spine, it was just another day of algebra class. Until two girls started chuckling a few desks in front of me. Every so often, they glanced in my direction.

Everyone has a moment burned into their memory — a moment of ignition. It plants the seed for future motivation and is the compass for the Journey. This was my moment.

Skinny-fat girl boob ignition

It was one of those moments when you think someone is talking about you, hope they aren’t, know they are, yet can’t say anything because if you do you’re accused of thinking the world revolves around you.

“You think you’re so special that we talk about you?”


Probably not.

But maybe.

The alpha female whispered to her servant. My bewildered look signaled that I was onto them. The servant pigeoned her head in my direction. She covered half of her mouth with her hand, as if she knew the devastation she was about drop was huge. She was doing me a favor in keeping the blast radius small to limit public consumption.

And there it was.

“You have girl boobs.”

Shoved into my face like pie. But I guess it wasn't that much of a surprise.

Being a mess of confusion

I knew I was skinny-fat. (It was why I wore an undershirt to gym class.) I had thin wrists. Chunky love handles. Narrow shoulders. Cheerio sized wrists. String bean arms. It was a combination so elegantly unique that only Emeril Lagasse could have cooked up such a magnificent blend of lanky and muffin top. And at the same time it was a combination so ghastly and backwards that it left me a confused mess.

It made for not only an aesthetic wreck, but also an athletic wreck. I couldn’t do one pull-up. Not even one good push-up. To this day, I can wrap my hand around my wrist to touch pinky finger to my thumb.

skinny wrist

But I took solace in thinking that no one else knew I was skinny-fat. So much for that now though.

I was embarrassed of my body. I felt damaged. I felt like less of a human being. I hated “my skin.” I felt fat. I didn’t want to take my shirt off in public. And I know this all sounds extreme, but self-inflicted internal pressure climbs high if you let it.

. . . and we almost always do, don’t we?

The expectations and social norms that surround body image make being skinny-fat a ride of confusion, but I’m here to help you. I know how degrading life can feel when you aren’t comfortable in your own skin.

Do you want it?

I always wanted to get into some kind of training. I call it The Dragon Ball Z Effect—wanting to build a body that not only looks good, but is also capable of some cool things thanks to growing up when DBZ was first being released in America. Yes, Goku is my hero. And yes, he is better than Superman.

superman vs goku

Sadly, it was tough putting this interest into action. I was always lost. I couldn’t find the path. And even when I found the path, it was the wrong one.

I created this place to help you on your path. And if you’re sitting where I sat, this place is just what you need. There’s only one more thing for you to do, and it’s best said by quoting a few lines of Alice in Wonderland.

The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. ‘Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?’ he asked.‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’

Next essay, we do just that, starting with the question: what exactly is skinny-fat syndrome?




Trying to lose fat, build muscle, and build a body you’re proud of?

Maybe you’re a little lost right now.

Maybe you don’t have much motivation.

Maybe you don’t what program or diet to use.

I don’t know…

But what I do know is this:

Everything you need is inside of you.

You’re capable of more than know.

You just have to open your eyes.

My weekly column can help.

Just a small little honest note from me sent every Sunday.

Unless I’m hungover.

And then it comes Monday.

What I’m trying to say is that it’ll come Monday.

(These weekly columns don’t get posted to the site.)

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  • Rick January 9, 2014, 4:28 pm

    I never really had a moment like this, but I definitely always wanted to have a body like a top athlete. Well defined muscles accomplishing amazing feats of athleticism always mesmerized me. But I was born with a pretty thin frame that intimidates no one on the field. So no particular moment for me that stands out but its always been a goal for me to build a body that I myself would be proud of. All my attempts to change that fell short mostly in the ways you described, putting on too much fat and too little muscle while bulking up, losing too much muscle while cutting down. Glad I stumbled upon your stuff one day, changed my perspective and I’m much happier with the process and the results.

    • Anthony January 10, 2014, 4:33 pm

      Cool. Stick around, as I know you have been for a while now 😉

  • Leigh January 9, 2014, 5:16 pm

    I know this is off topic but was wondering your thoughts on this as you have spoken about it before. I’ve been following 5/3/1 BBB for a few months with good results so far. I know you advocate using incline bench presses for skinny-fat guys so I was thinking of using a flat bench for my work sets for more strength and then 5×10 incline for assistance. Would this be a good mix? Thanks.

    • Anthony January 10, 2014, 4:36 pm

      Better than nothing, but you have to remember that the continued stimulation to the lower part will make it tougher to even things out.

  • Leanette January 10, 2014, 12:49 am

    I had many moments like that!

    • Anthony January 10, 2014, 4:37 pm

      they’re shapers.

  • Adam January 10, 2014, 4:47 am

    Also very glad I stumbled upon your stuff. Thank you for being so transparent.

    • Anthony January 10, 2014, 4:37 pm

      Thanks for reading.