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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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New You Resolution
Dr. Sanjay Gupta

(CNN) -- Mark Rasch travels quite a bit in 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 and 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 less than 200.

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

February 28 update

There's nothing like a kid to keep a parent from feeling cool. When Mark Rasch dropped a basketball on his head during a New You workout, his son Jacob was there to let the whole world know what he thought.

"That was an accident waiting to happen," Jacob said jokingly.

Mark survived the accident and the verbal jab and is working toward his resolutions.

February 21 update

Mark Rasch traveled to New York City for business but still got up early to squeeze in a morning run.

"In my pre-"New You" days, I'd be sitting there looking at the inside of my eyelids, dreaming about a nice croissant and a hot cup of coffee," Rasch said.

He has also found some new workout techniques while on the road.

"Most hotels have a health club where you can work out. I've actually learned to visit them [and] work out at least on the treadmill. While I'm doing that, I'm not hitting the breakfast buffet," Rasch said.

This seems to be paying off for Rasch: he has lost 14 pounds so far and is just three away from his "New You" goal.

February 14 update

Before starting the "New You Resolution," Rasch filled up on pancakes during his "last meal."

Cooking Light's Chef Billy put together a recipe for Rasch that would still allow him to indulge in one of his favorite breakfast meals. This recipe, though, is low in fat and full of fiber and complex carbs.

Chef Billy said those ingredients will keep Rasch "from being hungry traveling around or in [his] office in the morning."

February 7 update

Mark Rasch has been doing a bit better than his twin brother, Stuart, this week.

"I still get a little hungry around 10 or 11 at night, but now I try to eat more healthy snacks," Rasch said.

He also seems to be maintaining his willpower while on the road.

"They give you a free bagel with cream cheese, and I didn't eat it."

Rasch has dropped two pants sizes since the beginning of the "New You Resolution" and has one more to go by the end of the eight-week challenge.

January 31 update

Since he started working on his "new you," Rasch has been trying to change his high-fat ways, but he still needs to add more healthy calories earlier in the day, cut out late-night snacking and develop a flexible plan for eating on the road.

His nutritionist, Katherine Tallmadge, suggested that he continue to keep a food diary as a constant reminder of his calorie goals.

He has lost 11 pounds since the "New You Resolution" began.

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.

January 17 update

When CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked 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."

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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