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Hello, dear friends!

Holy crap, I mistakingly wrote "Hell, dear friends" first before noticing the error and correcting it! Could this be some sort of Freudian way of possibly conveying that my life is in some sort of "Hellish" state right now?


Or maybe the great demon Beelzebub momentarily channeled his evilness through me as I began this blog...yeah! And maybe it was only because I am "The Chosen One"(I am. For those who don't know I was born on Nov. 1st...All Saints Day!) that he was unable to completely possess me--even momentarily--and take over this blessed blog!

Perhaps again.

Makes you think, doesn't it?

Alright then...on with the shiznit!...

Couple exciting updates for everyone out there who has been supremely intelligent enough to be following "This Blessed Blog" for the past year(ish).

First!...I am thrilled to report that my work over at Marvel Comics is coming along swimmingly! The road had a few bumps as my journey began but has significantly smoothed out since and traffic is very, very light. I'm almost ready to set the cruise control, pop in one of the most incredibly awesome traveling albums ever made--the incomparable Chris Rea "Road To Hell" album (Hey! There's the "Hell" word again!!! What the eff?!!), set my seat back a bit and just drive!

Alright, enough with the bad writing/driving analogy.

Basically, The gig's going real good right now and the story's turning out fantastic! Andrea Di Vito is handling the art chores and his work is amazing. I couldn't be happier with John Barber (my editor) assigning Andrea to this story. So please check out Marvel Comics Presents #1 which hits the stands at the end of September. In case you forgot, I'll be writing the "Weapon Omega" segment which centers on the new "Guardian" character who first appeared this last year in the pages of New Avengers.

In other news...THE LIST has generated a good deal of buzz since debuting at Comic-Con a few weeks back. Can't get too giddy yet, but hopefully there'll be good news to share on that front soon. Don't worry, if anything big happens you'll be the fifth or thirtieth to know.

I'm almost done remodeling the bathroom here at casa Koslowski and am happy to report that it looks phenomenal...and only came in $2500 over the estimated $500 we thought we'd spend!!! Woo-Hooo!

Did I mention that owning a house really blows...don't believe them when they tell you differently...they're all liars! And now we need a new friggin' roof!!! $12-14,000.00!!! Might be selling my Avengers #4 signed by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to finance that friggin' ordeal. Or selling myself on the street corners...That'd be easier to swallow (no pun intended).

Other fantastical news!...Some of you have noticed recently that I've slimmed down and , is it possible?, look even more handsome lately!...I have been very focused since Stella was born 5 years ago on eating better and working out more. I've always eaten pretty well--not alot of junk food or overeating, really--but have really buckled down as of late. And I've always been an exercise fanatic. Never stopped running as a child (that's where Stella gets it fault!), got my first full weight set when I was 11, and was pretty seriously strong by the time I hit middle school. By my senior year I was bench-pressing 300 lbs free-weight and by 25 I could bench 225 pounds 25 times in a row. Then I tore my major pectoralis while trying to bench 400 lbs one day and it all went to hell (Hey?! There it is AGAIN!). I couldn't do squat (well I could "squat") after that injury and didn't work out nearly as much as I had previously...I was depressed. One of my personal lifetime goals was to achieve a bench-press of 400 lbs and I was soooo close.

Anyhoo, I put on a few pounds as I adjusted to eating the same amount of food but exercising less. I never ballooned up to a point where I looked fat by any means but I looked "big."

Since Stella being born I've slimmed down by 27 pounds! I'm under 200 for the first time since before I was married (16 years!). It's a great feeling. People have been asking how I've done it and I'll tell you my secrets right now...

1) Eat better. Yep said that. 2) Exercise. Yep mentioned that too, already. and 3) and most importantly, have a helluva (AGAIN!) lot of freakin' STRESS in your life! I think that's the real key, folks. For me anyways. Some people eat when they're stressed, I do not.

So, to recap...1) eat better, 2) exercise, and 3) stress the shit out of yourself! Oh, and, yes...I mean that part literally as that is also one of the side-effects stress has on my biology. No Bulemia needed for this guy. Nope.

I shall end on that note as I believe it so succinctly sums up another "Blessed Blog" that I so graciously espouse and eliver unto thee each and every week(ish).



heath's Gravatar Hey Rich,

I had lost a ton of weight working out before we made my film, 9:04 AM, then I gained a lot back in the winter and spring. By the time the film premiered in April, I was at 188 or so (big for me). Since then, I've lost around 13 or 14 pounds by eating right and working out.

Stress can go two ways for me, so I just eat right and work out, lol. Either I don't eat at all or pig out when I'm stressed.

I'm looking forward to Marvel Comics Presents' return! I'm glad you're on it!!

# Posted By heath | 8/26/07 9:19 AM
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