Still, he allows himself one special meal a week. He also practices restraint by putting cheese puffs in a tea cup for portion control, or eating half a candy bar and wrapping up the rest for another time.
Trotter's openness about his journey has inspired a lot of people in his life, including his boss, Tami Renz, who hired him when he was halfway through his weight loss. She herself has battled the bulge and lost 50 pounds.
"We've talked about recipes that eliminate fat, or spices that you can add that aren't salt," Renz said. "I have a tendency to beat myself up if I stepped backwards, and he says, 'It's a new day.' "
Trotter's friend Jeremy Swanson, who posted that New Year's Eve picture on Facebook, says he never thought of Trotter as obese. But he's not surprised that Trotter succeeded in his transformation.
"He's definitely faced many challenges in his life since I've known him. I've watched him own his own business and the challenge that presents ... having that many mouths to feed on a daily basis, having to pay all those bills, and he makes it happen," Swanson said. "I knew there would be results. There's no doubt that he would conquer it."
Since his initial 158-pound weight loss, Trotter says he put on about 10 pounds of muscle. Now at 6 feet tall and 238 pounds, with a 40-inch waist, he knows he still has some work to do but is much happier about how he looks and feels.
He knew he had turned a corner when he wrote in his journal a year ago: "5:15 p.m.: Really craving a honey bun ... 5:45 p.m.: Honey buns are overrated!"
He hasn't had a honey bun since.