Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. Everything has been figured out, except how to live. One always dies too soon or too late. And yet, life is there, finished. The line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life. There is only one day left, always starting over. It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are, that is the fact. When you live alone you no longer know what it is to tell a story: the plausible disappears at the same time as the friends. You let events flow by too.Suddenly you see people appear who speak and then go away; you plunge into stories of which you can't make head or tail. You'd make a terrible witness. It is true that people who live in society have learned how to see themselves in mirrors as they appear to their friends. Luckily, I only have a few...

Dr Shaw is a lecturer in Further Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. She also offers philosophy courses at the School of Continuing Education, Lifelong learning, at the University of Liverpool. In 2015, she has completed her Doctorate in philosophy with a focus on existentialism, the equilibrium doctrine and narrative. She has worked as a teacher of English and Comparative literature and Philosophy at The American University in Cairo, Egypt where she also obtained her BA (Hons). Dr Shaw has an MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of East Anglia where she also taught on a number of humanities subjects. Whilst working in North Wales in Further education, she gained a PGCE aimed at teaching in FE and HE sectors. Dr Shaw moved to Liverpool in 2010 where she now resides.

Interests: Existentialism, Narrative, Comparative Literature, Feminist Thought, Public Speaking, Arab Existentialism, Philosophy of Education, Art, Music, Film and Theatre, Greek Mythology, Existential counsellor and psychotherapist.


Thursday, 24 February 2011

Liverpool Fitness Boot Camp

*(See me at 1.34 min of this clip :) lol)

On the 24th January 2011, I made a promise to myself- as every year's resolution- to do justice to my body and be healthy. This feeling always hits me when I walk a distance and find myself surprisingly in agony whether out of breathe, joint pains or just general fatigue. I am only 26 for gods sake! Have I been too ignorant not to realise what I was doing to my body ? Well obviously YES! This has bothered me for a while now specially when I see a piece of clothing that I fall in love with and when I try on, it loses its beauty. And Yes, it is all my fault. So I decided to put a stop to my misery and try to free myself from the body that has been trapping me for so long. I joined Matt Ibb's Liverpool Fitness Boot Camp that takes place three times a week (Mon, Wed, and Sat) for 45 minutes in Sefton Park. Of course I needed some company because walking the walk of shame every other day was difficult, so I dragged along two of my neighbours.

First impression is "wow I am going to loose weight finally" I was confident that this is it, I am seriously going to make a change now. After a week of rigorous exercise and sweating like a pig, I noticed my figure looking slimmer. And because I took all measurements at the start, I found out by week three that I lost about 2 inches from stomach area (was 39 inch-now 37), bust (was 44-now 40), thighs (was 28-now 27), arms (was 13-now 11)...everywhere is just shrinking- and I lost some of my weight too. Great News! Following the diet plan which is basically eating vegetables- all sorts- and protein (fish/ red & white meat) was a challenge but I had to stick to it because I knew this is my last chance now to release the real me and I do not want to ruin it. I started inventing with the food list I was given- my favourite has to be Salmon salad (leaves, olive oil, tin of salmon...Viola! job done! Also now I like sweet potatoes mashed with some mushrooms on top (boil sweet potato, mash it, fry mushroom with olive oil for a min then serve on top of your mash- quick and easy!) Overall difference for me would be feeling healthier in general, specially that I sleep better now (probably from all this horrid routines by our trainer Dean Conner who knows no mercy) and I wake up without an alarm at 8am not feeling tired as before. So challenge two for me now that it is nearly week 6 is to carry on eating well- without skipping meals because I erm..."forget too feed myself"- and hopefully drop those pounds quicker by following more exercise and eating well. Funny I feel lighter on my feet now- Fingers crossed you will all see the new me soon! Who would have thought I found boot camp by chance! Many thanks...

Link to Matt Ibbs' Boot Camp:      http://liverpoolbootcamps.com/

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