Anthony Ferrante: "I hated being called the skinny kid"

“You don't know how far you've come, until you look back and see where you've started…"

My whole life I have always been skinny. If I stood 5 metres away from you, you could easily count my ribs. I was an extreme ectomorph.

I would always get comments on how skinny I was and I hated it. I’d get comments like “bones, stick, sticky”, the list would go on but the worst was when someone would put up 1 finger and say “Mate, you’re like this!”

I started to wear long-sleeved tops and mostly jumpers everywhere I went. Suffering with body images issues is shit, and it leads to major insecurities. You are constantly worried about what you wear and what the next snide remark is going to be.

(Anthony worked hard to get rid of the skinny kid label)

My journey to where I am now was not easy. It’s been an up-and-down emotional roller-coaster. I went from forcing myself to eat and then feeling like spewing at the end of each meal just to try put on that little bit of size, to then feeling drained and not wanting to eat at all.

The cycle constantly repeated itself. It can all become very draining and can lead to wanting to do dramatic things. I know a lot of woman who suffer on the opposite side of the scale wanting to achieve that “skinny” look, and I was suffering a similar pain in silence too.

My transformation all started when I had enough of being skinny, which lead to an all-time high with what’s called a “snap point”. The snap point you experience is the best thing that could happen to you, but you don’t think at the time when it happens.

Basketball was a big part of my life growing up. One day I rocked up to training, took my jumper off only to be wearing a white Bonds singlet underneath. One of the mothers gasped "Ooo yuck Anthony put something on, I can see your bones sticking out. It’s disgusting!"

I’ll never forget it, but I’m also happy it happened because it’s played a huge part in driving me to get to where I am now. Obstacles will come in any body transformation; it’s part of the process. The best thing you can do is align yourself with people who share the same goals as you and bring each other up.

Until this day, I always thought of myself as that kid you see on the left, until I put these pictures together today. We are the harshest critics of ourselves and I’m guilty of that too. 

I’ve come a long way and I ignored the people that tried to tell me. 

This was a brief part of my journey." :)


PS: You can read more about Anthony here

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