Patty Wiseman - Author and Speaker

Patty Wiseman, author and speaker


December 31, 2017 - 6:00pm -- Patty Wiseman


Princess of VonChocolate Chip

(Crowned 2018)Wear your crown!


I've learned a few things over the years, so for 2018 I offer a little advice for women. I had a birthday in December 2017, two days before Christmas. Let’s just say it’s the 48th anniversary of my 21st birthday. I prefer to look at it in this way. It gets me through the holidays—don’t judge me. Actually, I’m proud of my age and what I’ve accomplished, so I decided to crown myself, Princess of VonChocolate Chip. Why? Because I own it! My weight hasn’t fluctuated in ten years. I think about doing something to lose a few pounds. My weight is not excessive. I’m not obese. Let’s just say there’s a bit of a spare tire. Gone are the tight abs and flat tummy. I’m okay with that. And so is my husband.

But, if the truth is known, he is probably the reason I carry the extra pounds. You see, he doesn’t have a weight problem. He’s in the same age bracket and has a flat stomach, is taller than me, and just never gains weight. I’m jealous.

He has a sweet tooth. Cookies, cake, anything chocolate. So, I bake for him. We’ve developed a habit. I bake, he eats, he offers me one, I say oh no, I shouldn’t, he says one won’t kill you, I agree, I eat one, he says he can’t eat these by himself—and so it goes.

Whatever effort I made during the day is shattered with that one cookie. Who can eat just one home-baked chocolate chip cookie?

What is your guilty pleasure?


I have a treadmill. I don't like it. Years ago, my husband bought me a treadmill. I use it—sometimes. My favorite time to use it is when I listen to audible books. The problem is, my knees complain, and I sweat… I don’t like it. I do utilize that particular piece of furniture however. My husband fashioned a long board to go across the handles, so I could read my physical books or place my laptop on it and continue working while getting the proper exercise.

The problem, you see, is my office shrunk. I try to keep all writing related material in my office. But, I receive so many hard copy books to read and review, that I have no place to put them. The little shelf my husband built for the treadmill is perfect. Unfortunately, the stack of books blocks the stats window, so I can’t see how long I’ve been on it or how far I’ve walked. So, what is the point of that?! The upside is, the books are in alphabetical order, easy to find, and easy to keep up with for what I am currently reading.

I’m healthy. I keep tabs on my numbers. So—I am going to wear my crown, Princess of VonChocolate Chip proudly.

My advice? Love life, don’t sweat the small stuff, and hum while you work.


Happy New Year!

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” Dolly Parton



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