20 Aug2015

JB to inspire JB…

by Marketman

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It’s my 51st birthday today. I consider it a major achievement to have made it to 50, so anything beyond that is really a bonus. But when I hit 50 last year, I think I mentally let go, and I am now my heaviest ever, and I feel it. The past week has been filled with dread, alternating between a purposeful trip to Vicky Bello for liposuction (not!) and a promise to renew my efforts to naturally shave off the extra weight. I am also finally scheduled for a sleep apnea test which I suspect I will fail, and I don’t look forward to sleeping with a breathing contraption strapped on every night. It’s also the height of my annual hay fever/bronchial ailment/adult onset asthma so that has me drugged up. Add to that a cardiologist harping about this or that test, and well, it’s downright depressing…

But I REFUSE to stay down. James Bond to the rescue! I WANT that charcoal grey mock turtleneck from N. Peal that James Bond is wearing in the promo photo teaser of the latest Bond film out this November! And I fully acknowledge I am currently in no shape to wear it well. Think charcoal grey cashmere and silk stuffed chorizo, not a pleasant sight. So I am using JB to inspire me and I am publicly announcing (apparently one is far more committed to a public announcement) a target of shaving off 25 pounds by the time the movie is in theaters in New York this November, or I CAN’T WATCH IT. That gives me just under 3 months to reach that goal. And while I don’t think I would spend 199 pounds sterling for the sweater even if I am successful with the weight loss (will look for a similar piece at Uniqlo or H&M for a fraction of the cost), I might just reward myself with a new pair of Tom Ford’s Bond sunglasses instead. And that’s because I just can’t afford/justify one of the 7,007 limited edition Omega’s with NATO strap on offer soon (which will be snapped up by collectors in a few days time). My “James Bond Diet” starts tomorrow. Wish me luck. That’s what I really need for my 51st birthday!

If I am successful, I promise a photo in New York where we are headed for Thanksgiving 2015. :)

P.S. Daniel Craig is four years younger than me, but let’s face it, with a personal trainer and dietician by his side practically 24/7 in the four months run-up to filming AND his getting paid some USD20 million or so for SPECTRE, his motivations are significantly better than mine. According to the Daily Telegraph, Craig was paid just under 2 million pounds for Casino Royale, 4.4 million pounds for Quantum of Solace, 10.7 million pounds for Skyfall (which grossed 1.1 billion at the box office, the highest for a Bond film EVER), and got 31 million pounds for Spectre and whatever the next film is going to be called…



  1. NavyGolf says:

    50’s is the youth of the senior citizens as what they say… :)

    More power to you and family, as you continue to educate and inspire us on a variety of passions in life…. A BIG THANK YOU as well!

    God bless.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 12:13 am


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  3. Didi says:

    Happy birthday MM ! We are all going through the same battle, good luck !! Cheers!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 12:32 am

  4. zoi says:

    Happiest Birthday!!!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 2:05 am

  5. Lucy says:

    Happiest birthday, MM! Thank you for all you share with us on this blog. Hope you shed those extra lbs off before the Spectre show date.

    All the best to you and yours!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 2:21 am

  6. betty q. says:


    Aug 20, 2015 | 2:25 am

  7. Cathy Gavile says:

    Rooting for your success, Mr. Marketman!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 2:25 am

  8. Tin says:

    Happy birthday!

    Found this floating through my FB feed and thought of you.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 2:26 am

  9. amy says:

    Happy birthday, MM!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 2:28 am

  10. edee says:

    Happy birthday!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 5:09 am

  11. Scott says:

    Happy Birthday MM, wishing you the best on your new goal, the hardest part is just to start the process of shedding some lbs.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 5:17 am

  12. linda says:

    Happy Birthday, MM!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 6:51 am

  13. Gej says:

    Happy Birthday MM! No need for accelerated weight loss, perhaps – easy go, easy come. What might be worth considering is something moderate but consistent.

    Have a great year ahead!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 7:21 am

  14. La Emperor says:

    Happy Birthday, MM. All the best.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 7:35 am

  15. eynie says:

    Maligayang Karaarawan Sir MM! Salamat po sa mga kaalaman hingil sa larangan ng pagluluto and Good luck po sa inyong pagbabawas ng timbag! :) Godspeed

    Aug 20, 2015 | 7:50 am

  16. millet says:

    happy birthday, MM! way to go!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 8:06 am

  17. jenneth says:

    Happy birthday, Sir. Wishing you success in shedding those unwanted pounds, so you can watch the movie in November.

    Good luck and thank you for all the knowledge gained through your numerous posts.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 8:07 am

  18. Cheska says:

    Happiest Birthday to you, Mr. MM. Thank you for always entertaining and educating us through your blog. May you have more wonderful years ahead of you. Good luck on the diet!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 8:08 am

  19. may says:

    Wishing you more healthy life. HBD MM!
    I was so happy the other day when I saw you on tv over at Lifestyle network with Sharwin Tee eating fish skin. My idol is on TV, yey!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 8:59 am

  20. Mayumi says:

    Happy Birthday! :-)

    Aug 20, 2015 | 9:26 am

  21. jakbkk says:

    HAPPY 51st to you MM….and i pray to the gods of all persuasions that you reach your goal, not only for your well being but most definitely so you get to watch one of my favorite movie series as well.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 9:31 am

  22. general says:

    happy happy 11th anniversary of your 40th birthday, mm! and good luck on your quest! :)

    Aug 20, 2015 | 9:47 am

  23. Marie M MM :-)P says:

    I hope you’re enjoying your special day MM!!! Happiest birthday, ever…Cheers!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 9:52 am

  24. Edith says:

    Happy birthday MM! Thank you for sharing us your happy moments. God bless

    Aug 20, 2015 | 10:15 am

  25. Richard says:

    Happy Birthday MM
    Wishing you Peace of mind, Wealth to share and Health to enjoy life with your family and friends..

    Aug 20, 2015 | 10:20 am

  26. Ley says:

    Happy birthday JB!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 10:28 am

  27. resagirl says:

    Happy birthday to you!. May the Lord God bless you with good health, traveling mercy and a happiest life . :)

    Aug 20, 2015 | 10:31 am

  28. Tsak says:

    Happy birthday MM! Give us advance warning next time you are in HK

    Aug 20, 2015 | 10:33 am

  29. flip4ever says:

    Hope you have a great day MM!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 10:37 am

  30. Karina says:

    Happy birthday MM! If there is anyone who can find a way to make diet meals more enticing, it is you. More content in this context wouldn’t be so bad–but I hope you still sneak in a pork post or two. :)

    Aug 20, 2015 | 10:37 am

  31. Betchay says:

    Maligayang kaarawan MM aka JB!!!! :)

    Aug 20, 2015 | 12:11 pm

  32. belle says:

    Go go go MM! You can do it! And happy happy birthday! Looking forward to more birthdays, celebrations, travels and blogging. Wishing and praying for your good health.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 12:11 pm

  33. Greens & Blossoms says:

    Happy Birthday, MM!!! May your birthday and all your tomorrows be blessed with everything good in life….good luck with your JB diet :-)

    Aug 20, 2015 | 12:34 pm

  34. Cora says:

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for the MM posts, always looking forward to it everyday.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 12:37 pm

  35. Junb says:

    happy happy BIRTHDAY!!! To the next 51 years! Cheers!!!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 12:47 pm

  36. Lenlen says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 1:07 pm

  37. Artisan Chocolatier says:


    Aug 20, 2015 | 1:07 pm

  38. Zerho says:

    Happy Birthday MM. God bless you in your weigh reduction efforts!

    It would probably be helpful if you watch “That Sugar Film”, a pretty good eye opener for me about how sugar affects our body . Cutting sugar made me loose around 10 pounds in a month(w/ exercise) without really reducing the amount of foods I ate.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 1:36 pm

  39. Lee says:

    Happy Birthday and I hope you meet your goal soon. Skip sugar but not pork :) Worked for me.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 1:55 pm

  40. Tina says:

    Happy happy birthday! Easy on the diet. Hungry people are most of the time cranky and unpleasant to be around :-)

    Aug 20, 2015 | 2:51 pm

  41. Lojet says:

    Happy Birthday and Good Luck on you quest MM!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 3:26 pm

  42. khrishyne says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 3:35 pm

  43. Marketman says:

    Thank you all for these kind birthday greetings! It’s nice to see names from years ago, it amazes me that you still drop in to see what’s on the blog! Zerho, my diets are always no sugar, almost no salt, no carb. It works for the most part, but as Tina mentions, I can get cranky in the initial stages, so aspiring fishpan awardees need to steer clear…

    Aug 20, 2015 | 3:35 pm

  44. odessa says:

    Happy Bday Dear MM!
    Good luck on your diet.
    looking forward to seeing you minus the pounds (Amen!) and the JB film this November!
    Thanks for sharing with us your life’s wonderful journeys.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 3:40 pm

  45. Johnny says:

    Maligayang bati sa iyong kaarawan!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 3:42 pm

  46. jong says:

    Happy, happy birthday and all the best on your weight loss goal MM!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 3:52 pm

  47. marznery says:

    Maligayang kaarawan MM! All the best on your diet :)

    Aug 20, 2015 | 4:31 pm

  48. myra_ps says:

    Happy birthday to us! You, me, and FPJ!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 5:46 pm

  49. Marketman says:

    Happy Birthday Myra!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 5:59 pm

  50. Connie C says:

    Sounds like that diet can make you light headed and giddy, but carry on MM. Wishing you a trimmer you by Thanksgiving. And remember, it’s okay to have a cheat day:)) every now and then. Happy birthday!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 6:00 pm

  51. Chinky says:

    Wishing you the best of birthdays. MM!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 7:56 pm

  52. Marvien De Leon says:

    Maligayang kaarawan po! Be blessed!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 8:06 pm

  53. flip4ever says:

    I’m doing LCHF (low carb high fat) myself (not for weight loss but to optimize my blood sugar and blood pressure). The proponents say don’t limit your salt (especially if you’re using natural sea salt). In fact if you’re not feeling well in the initial stages (called Atkins flu), drinking broth with salt helps because a low carb is naturally diuretic. Check out Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney’s The Art and Science of Low Carb Living.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 9:41 pm

  54. Sally says:

    Happy birthday MM and good luck on your weight loss challenge!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 10:33 pm

  55. Jane says:

    Happy, happy birthday! Here’s to your continued success and good health, cheers!

    Aug 20, 2015 | 10:46 pm

  56. damian says:

    Happy Birthday!
    I’m in a similar situation.
    My goal is to get to 175lbs

    Aug 20, 2015 | 11:40 pm

  57. Footloose says:

    @Connie C, no tittering from the audience please.

    Aug 20, 2015 | 11:51 pm

  58. Natie says:

    I bet Daniel Craig has had a few nips and tucks here and there..

    Happy happy birthday, MM!!! Enjoy the bonus years!

    Aug 21, 2015 | 2:01 am

  59. joanie says:

    happy birthday MM!

    Aug 21, 2015 | 2:26 am

  60. Michelle says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Aug 21, 2015 | 2:31 am

  61. marilen says:

    Happy birthday!! Great post from the birthday celebrant – taking stock of where one stands at the half way mark. Not to worry MM, you will meet your goal and then some. Muy joven ka pa, hijo.

    Aug 21, 2015 | 4:28 am

  62. Bong says:

    Happy Birthday, good-luck, stay inspired, keep your eye on the prize even if it’s not the mock turtleneck, the Omega or the Tom Ford glasses. Instead, just think of how much turkey you can stuff yourself on Turkey Day once you lose 25 pounds. :-)

    PS – Make sure you stop by H&M or Uniqlo before stuffing yourself… not after!

    Aug 21, 2015 | 6:31 am

  63. Guits says:

    Happy birthday, Mr. JB!

    Aug 21, 2015 | 7:37 am

  64. Thel from Florida says:

    Happy Birthday MM! God Bless always.

    Aug 21, 2015 | 10:08 am

  65. Getter Dragon 1 says:

    I’ve always liked the way Steve McQueen rocked the blue turtleneck and blazer in Bullitt myself…Happy Birthday Double M.

    Aug 21, 2015 | 12:25 pm

  66. Shan says:

    Happiest birthday, MM! And a healthiest as well! Welcome to the golden era!

    Aug 21, 2015 | 4:26 pm

  67. Odie says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

    Aug 21, 2015 | 8:50 pm

  68. MariaD says:

    Happy Birthday, MM!

    Aug 21, 2015 | 10:44 pm

  69. britelite says:

    Never too late to our dear MM! Happy birthday and get that JB body!

    Aug 21, 2015 | 11:18 pm

  70. sunny Beary says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, MM!!!

    Aug 22, 2015 | 12:49 am

  71. sophie says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, MM.

    Aug 22, 2015 | 1:56 am

  72. Raechel Lee says:

    Belated happy birthday Mr. MM!

    Aug 22, 2015 | 10:15 am

  73. jdawgg says:

    Belated Happy Birthday MM……….

    Aug 22, 2015 | 11:48 am

  74. farida says:

    Belated happy birthday and good luck, MM. Funny, I was looking for your adobo recipe and the date was August 2006. Lo and behold you mentioned Ninoy Aquino’s assassination and you also mentioned it was a day after your 19th birthday. So here I am in the present day greeting you. Trying to lose a few pounds myself. Gee, since I repatriated gained a few pounds.
    BTW. I might be somewhere close to NYC come Thanksgiving. Our paths might cross.

    Aug 22, 2015 | 4:56 pm

  75. Cathy says:

    I just watched the segment of “eats more fun in the Philippines” featuring Zubuchon. It’s so cute how you speak in Tagalog :)

    Aug 22, 2015 | 11:43 pm

  76. EbbaBlue says:

    Maligayang Kaarawan, Ginoong MM.

    Aug 22, 2015 | 11:44 pm

  77. EbbaBlue says:

    Biyaya an ka nawa ng Poong Maykapal ng malusog na pangangatawan.

    Aug 22, 2015 | 11:45 pm

  78. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Happy Birthday M..You Can Do It!!!

    Aug 23, 2015 | 11:20 am

  79. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Happy Birthday MM..aka JB..what a way to go,she’d those pounds…for you always been successful on your goal before!..my second greetings .

    Aug 23, 2015 | 11:40 am

  80. Joey in Dubai says:

    Happy birthday, MM!

    Aug 23, 2015 | 12:38 pm

  81. Marketman says:

    Cathy, that’s a 2-3 year old episode, must be a replay?! Yipes?!

    Aug 23, 2015 | 2:12 pm

  82. Roderick says:

    Happy Birthday MM… Hope you’ll have a very nice day with your family and friends..

    Aug 23, 2015 | 2:14 pm

  83. Joey says:

    Masayang birthday, Joel! Keep us drooling! ;-)

    Aug 23, 2015 | 7:45 pm

  84. Jovita says:

    Happy birthday greetings to you, MM, and best wishes to your family!

    Aug 24, 2015 | 4:56 am

  85. Salee Sandel says:

    Belated Happy Birthday MM!!!

    Aug 24, 2015 | 7:57 am

  86. Boopsie says:

    Happy Birthday Marketman! May you always post your passions so that we may enjoy them as well.

    Aug 24, 2015 | 9:12 am

  87. Meg Mationg says:

    Pahabol…..Happy happy birthday Marketman! Hope you enjoyed your special day :-)

    Aug 24, 2015 | 10:40 am

  88. Irene says:

    Happy birthday, MM!

    Have you considered buteyko for your sleep apnea? It worked for a colleague, who has given up his C-PAP machine.

    Aug 24, 2015 | 12:18 pm

  89. bearhug0127 says:

    Belated happy 51st MM. Wishing you more birthdays to share and enjoy with your loved ones and market manila family.

    Aug 25, 2015 | 2:56 pm

  90. Kasseopeia says:

    Belated happy birthday, MM!
    I wish you more birthdays to come… and 25lbs gone! :D

    Aug 25, 2015 | 6:46 pm

  91. ros says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, Mr. MM!! :D

    Yeah, I know how you feel Mr. MM. Captain America (Chris Evans) and I are born in the same generation. :(

    Good luck on the diet! GO!! GO!! GO!! Munch that WASA cracker!! :D

    Aug 25, 2015 | 8:29 pm

  92. Faust says:

    Go for it MM! I was able to shave off around 16 kilos of fat from 90kgs down to 74kgs, gym, diet control no extra rice more veggies, then 5 kilometer jog. phew!

    Aug 26, 2015 | 6:42 pm

  93. joey @ 80 breakfasts says:

    Belated birthday greetings MM! Good luck on your quest…although I know you have the determination to do it! I really need to do something like this too, hmmm…what can be my motivation? Although I wouldn’t mind Daniel Craig too…you can have the sweater and I can have the rest of him! :)

    Aug 26, 2015 | 8:48 pm

  94. elit says:

    Belated happy birthday po MM! May you have many
    more birthdays to celebrate!
    Here’s cheering you to your weight loss goal!
    Which by the way have inspired me too
    and hope I can lose even just half of your goal :).

    Aug 26, 2015 | 10:21 pm

  95. ami says:

    Belated Happy Birthday MM! I just got back from Tokyo and ate Pierre Herme macarons 4 out of the 6 days I was there. I wouldn’t have known about them if it weren’t for your macaron chronicles. Thanks MM! Goodluck to the both of us on our diets!

    Aug 27, 2015 | 1:16 pm

  96. MP says:

    A very belated happy birthday greeting from Kenya MM. Great fitspiration you have there, so see you at the Spectre premiere then!!!

    Aug 31, 2015 | 5:00 pm

  97. Ros-Anna says:

    A very Happy Belated MM!!!! Stay blessed for many,many years . . .

    Sep 1, 2015 | 12:49 pm

  98. dragon says:

    A very belated 51st MM!

    Sep 1, 2015 | 3:30 pm

  99. Cynthia says:

    Happy Birthday, MM! I saw a sneak peak of the movie Spectre and honestly, you were the first person that came to my mind! Can you share your diet plan? Might as well try to do this with you :-)

    Sep 1, 2015 | 5:31 pm

  100. Marketman says:

    Cynthia, I am doing the same diet from years ago… basically, no carbs except wasa crackers, no salt, no sugar, lots of water, small servings of protein, lots and lots of vegetables and greens, minimal fruit, lots of black tea, I gave up more than half by Diet Coke intake (should give it all up), and a bit more physical activity thrown in. I lost 6 pounds in my first 10 days or so. Not bad, but not as good as the first time I did the diet. I will say I have cheated several times though.

    Sep 1, 2015 | 8:10 pm

  101. Rowi says:

    Belated Happy Birthday MM! It’s been a while. I miss all your lovely posts especially about Paris. It’s my favorite city after New York (or maybe the other way around).
    I wish you all the best cure for your depressing thoughts on how to keep trim and stay healthy! It’s a gigantic task ahead but it’s doable and you’ve done it before and you have the motivation, Mr. JB! Just do it!
    My husband is into 5:2 diet and he loves it and I’m into 6:1 whenever I see that my muffin waist is overflowing : ))
    Take care!

    Sep 7, 2015 | 9:46 pm


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