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.
When grandmother speaks, this woman listens
Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, left, works out with her trainer.
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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 said. 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 up both of them for the "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. Maybe.
February 14 update
Watts-Brighthaupt's admitted apathy about quitting smoking ran up against an immovable object recently: her grandmother.
"My grandmother found out. She's blind, and I don't understand how she found out that I smoke, so she nicely asked me if I could try to stop. When she speaks, the world stops," Watts-Brighthaupt said.
February 7 update
Even though Watts-Brighthaupt said she doesn't want smoking to be the main focus of her "New You Resolution," everyone else thinks it is a priority.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's senior medical correspondent, even asked Watts-Brighthaupt to take a class about cancer and its causes at a local college.
"Her first lecture, it was scary," Watts-Brighthaupt said. "It scared me, but I'm not sure it changed me yet."
January 31 update
Watts-Brighthaupt is five pounds closer to her goal of losing 20 pounds.
She's even suggesting changes to the office candy machine.
"We ought to put sugarless gum in the M&M machine because that would give us something to chew on. That'll [also] help with my smoking," she said.
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 for cooking and workout lessons during the first week of the "New You Resolution." She was encouraged to shoot for four or five days of cardio workouts per week and three days of strength training.
She said she's going to try to quit smoking by easing her daily intake.
"I'm going to try to stop smoking," she said. "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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