The Weight of a Woman

April 23, 2015 2:04 PM

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There is a scale at my gym that seems to be a smart scale. You input your height and gender, estimate the weight of your clothes... and then you (or maybe it's just me) step on it gingerly while barefoot, as if the more gently you step on it, the more gentle it will be as it sorts through calculations. It then spits out a little slip of paper with your weight and percentage of body fat.

One day I got on it and it told me I was down about four pounds from my last visit. I grinned at that little slip of paper, grateful it was reflecting all of my hard work. The next time I got on it I wanted to throw that piece of paper across the room in a fit of rage. This time it told me I was a f...

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