I'm elbow-deep into making my Piers Nivans costume from Resident Evil 6 (Lanshiang version). I was out of the cosplay loop for a couple of years, and now I'm back with a vengeance. I'm working extremely hard to get all the details correct, and this will be the first time I've ever done a crossplay where I "bind" my chest and use sole inserts to try to actually pass myself off as a male.
I have a little bit more than a month before I debut it at Tokyo In Tulsa, and here's what I've been doing to try to drop some pounds and shape up before the convention:
I'm a vegetarian, so you'd think I already get tons of fresh veggies in my diet right? Wrong! I have a bad habit of "filling the gaps" with carb-filled items such as pizza or pasta. SO. I've almost completely cut out carbs from my diet.
I keep baby carrots with me constantly. I tend to be a "boredom" snacker, so when I feel the need to munch on something I'll have them with me.
I eat lots of eggs. That's mostly all I have for my main meals. I pretty much allow myself to have as many as I want, but that usually only ends up being 2 to 4 a day because I get burned out really easy.
I've avoided any and all sugar, except for my daily meal replacement (vegan chocolate Shakeology) which I mix with non-fat milk.
I drink as much water as I can force myself to. I re-use an empty water bottle by filling it up in the sink and then mixing a sugar-free flavoring to it. If it isn't flavored, sadly, I probably won't drink it, so this is a great tool for me.
Sometimes I'll throw in a salad (lettuce greens with carrots, sometimes a boiled egg, cucumber) with NO salad dressing or salt!
As far as exercise goes, I'm using Zombies, Run!
on my iPhone to get in my cardio, the Slim In 6 program (by Debbie Siebers), and this silly little calendar:
I may do a juice fast the last week before the con if I haven't dropped enough by then. I know this is somewhat unhealthy, and the "cheaters" way to lose weight, but short-term goals are the only thing that can keep me focused. I have noticed a considerable decrease in energy which makes it hard to exercise, but I'm keeping up with it.
OH and make sure you're taking a good multivitamin! I'm taking Centrum for Women right now and addition to various other supplements to fill my nutritional gaps.