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Military mom motivated to make positive life changes

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

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Denise and Pedro Rampolla learn how to make a healthy and inexpensive lasagna.

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(CNN) -- Denise Rampolla is looking forward to finding ways to improve her family's health by participating in CNN's "New You Resolution."

Rampolla's military family of six includes four children, ages 7-14. She puts in a number of hours of work in her Cheyenne, Wyoming, home before heading to her job, supporting military families through deployment and separation.

The 36-year-old describes her home as "organized chaos."

She usually doesn't have a lot of time for lunch or dinner. All of her children are on soccer teams, so there's homework and practices to tend to after school, which leaves little time for well-planned-out meals.

"You can look in our freezer," Rampolla said. "You've got your standard frozen pizzas there, cream chipped beef, little crab rolls. Lots of frozen vegetables."

Rampolla and her husband, Pedro, who is also a "New You" participant, are looking to shape up their entire family.

Here are Denise Rampolla's goals for the "New You Resolution":

1. Keep a diary to figure out food pitfalls.

2. Teach the family healthy eating habits between car pools.

3. Slow down family activity and start exercising more.

January 24 update

Denise and Pedro Rampolla are finding that preparing healthy food can be a lot more work than serving pre-prepared fare.

"I'm hoping it becomes fun. It's a little tedious right now, to be honest with you, because I'm just used to getting everything together and getting it out," she said.

But at least her husband has offered to help in the kitchen, an offer that drew a skeptical response: "Huh? You'll cook?"

January 17 update

Denise Rampolla was in New York last week, along with her husband, Pedro, to start on her "New You Resolution" goals.

She laid out a fitness plan with trainer Mary Holte, who had her doing lunges and push-ups.

"I told Mary not to be easy on me and not on us as a couple," Denise Rampolla said.

In addition to learning ways to stay in shape in the gym, Rampolla also met with Chef Billy from Cooking Light magazine, for tips on how to improve things in her kitchen. He suggested an easy and affordable lasagna recipe, which was music to Rampolla's ears.

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