Greetings and Coming Attractions

In the true spirit of Halcyon Fitness Group, I thought it proper to make this video. In short, I thank all of you who take the time to view these vids. I thank you all for supporting me. This is truly the start of something BIG. BELIEVE IT.


Recently I was at work. For those of you following the blog, I have not been in the best of health in the past 24-28 months. As late as August 2013, I was basically a bloated whale, reaching a weight of 286 lbs. It was like everything was falling apart. Lots of things in my life were in disarray. From my business endeavors to even my marriage. In this life we know things ebb and flow, from bad to worse at times. It has been a long road, but I am now seeing daylight. I am down to 235 lbs now. I am going hard after everything that is important to me, like living life to the fullest (my faith in Christ, my work, achieving my destiny), my kids, loving my family, establishing roots out West, establishing pride in the BATES name (BATES is: Believe Achieve Total Excellence and Success). At times, I can see, feel and hear it plain as day. It’s almost like I am walking in the clouds, seeing myself do these things.

I am healing up nicely, for the first time in a long time, I am able to hold my own physically as well as mentally and spiritually. This started a while back, around late December 2013. These things take time. I am calling it a comeback. This is something a couple of years ago, I would not be writing about.