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Friendly competition with twin motivates attorney

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

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Mark Rasch works out to help reach his target weight of 189 pounds.

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(CNN) -- Mark Rasch travels quite a bit for his job as a cyber-lawyer.

He's hoping that as a "New You Resolution" participant, he'll find ways to lose weight and eat healthier while he's not at home in Bethesda, Maryland.

His jam-packed flight schedules force him to rely on fast food.

"Breakfast is usually a butter McCheese," Rasch said.

When he's working from home, his diet isn't much better.

"If it's around and it's salty or sweet, it's fair game," the former federal prosecutor said.

Rasch is at risk for metabolic syndrome -- a dangerous combination of heart health risks -- so he has to cut back on salt, carbs and junk food while on the road.

The 47-year-old, along with his twin brother and fellow "New You Resolution" participant, Stuart, are hoping they'll be able to motivate each other to reach their goals and improve their lifestyles.

Here are Mark Rasch's goals for the "New You Resolution":

1. Lower blood pressure to target of 140 over 85.

2. Lower total cholesterol from 264 to below 200.

3. Improve diet while traveling to help achieve target weight of 189 pounds.

January 24 update

Rasch has been working out five days a week with his trainer, alternating strength and cardio training.

But he's not sure it's going to help him lose much weight.

"I'm firmly convinced my problem's not my weight, it's my height," Rasch said, a complaint echoed by his twin brother, Stuart.

January 17 update

When CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked Mark Rasch what his "New You Resolution" goals were, the attorney replied, "My goals are that I succeed and that I do better than [my twin Stuart] does."

Mark Rasch's competitive spirit helped him in his first week at the gym, where he was reunited with the trainer who whipped him into shape last year. Now he's back on the bandwagon, hopefully for good.

"The goal here is to really keep it up not just for eight weeks, but for a lifetime."

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