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Programming note: CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta follows Donna Watts-Brighthaupt's progress on "American Morning's" "New You Resolution," at 6-10 a.m. ET Tuesdays.

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Donna Watts-Brighthaupt is trying to cut back on having a "smoky treat."

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(CNN) -- A lobbyist assistant in Washington, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt says she hopes to give up fatty foods and quit smoking.

This trendy, sarcastic, quick-witted political moderate likes to go running, but she follows her exercise with a cigarette.

"When I get back, I do have to have my cigarette, my smoky treat," Watts-Brighthaupt says. She picked up the habit a year ago while working on Capitol Hill.

Watts-Brighthaupt, 36, joined the "New You Resolution" to help control her love of fatty foods and to find the will to give up smoking.

Her boss, Frank Purcell, has joined her in her battle. He's a lobbyist for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Watts-Brighthaupt signed both of them up for "New You Resolution" without telling Purcell first. She broke the news after they were selected.

Here are Watts-Brighthaupt's goals for the program:

1. Lose 20 pounds.

2. Eat healthier and increase cardio workouts.

3. Stop smoking.

January 24 update

Watts-Brighthaupt admits she got off to a slow start.

"Actually started this week, pseudo-started last week," she told her nutritionist, Ellen Carroll of Cooking Light magazine.

Nonetheless, Watts-Brighthaupt has seen some success. She lost three pounds and cut back to four cigarettes a day, one fewer than before.

January 17 update

Watts-Brighthaupt came to New York last week for cooking and workout lessons during the first week of "New You Resolution." She was encouraged to shoot for four or five days of cardio workouts per week and three days of strength training.

And she says she's going to try to quit smoking by easing her daily intake.

"I'm going to try to stop smoking," she says. "I'm not promising anything, but to try to find ways to incorporate the smoking thing with the eating and exercise. For example, just take two cigarettes out of the pack and putting them aside for the day."

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