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Jose Juan Colon-Lauer, Davie

38, Vice president in banking

Starting weight: 332 in 2006

Current weight: 165-170

Height: 5-8''

Method: Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y gastric bypass in 2006.

Why he did it: ''I'd be a better role model for my kids,'' he says. ``My wife is on the skinny side, weighs 105 pounds, and our kids were born healthy.''

Son Mauricio is 4 ½, daughter Alexa is 3.

'During the pre-operation period you have to see all these doctors, including a psychologist. She asked me to draw myself. I drew a stick person with a round head. She said, `That's not you.' She drew a round head and round body. I said, 'That's not me.' I never saw myself as a morbidly obese person. Now, I see I was really huge.''

How he maintains: Exercise and portion control.

''I try to ride my bike every day for five miles or on the weekends.'' Also does push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups. ``I'm not buff, I'm not trying to be Schwarzenegger.''

Post-surgery eating: Can't tolerate red meat; has adverse reaction to some carbs. ``I'll eat seven to nine times a day, but just four to six ounces per meal.''

Being Latin, we were always told, 'You can't get up until you finish all the food on your plate.' We are trying to change those habits with our children. We eliminated the large plates in our home. Psychologically it looks like you are eating a lot, but that's because it covers more space on your plate.''

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