Gah late response but better late than never I suppose. I'm actually about to start my cutting phase but I guess it's still good to know at this point if I'm doing something wrong.
1. For lower body, I'm mostly focusing on cardio (ellipticals, running, swimming) because my thighs are already pretty muscular from years of doing martial arts and swimming and I actually need to focus on getting them smaller for the cosplay.
2. For upper body, I cycle through shoulders (three types of shoulder press, front and side flys, swoop pushups, military pushups) and chest and back (chest press, back flys, lateral pull-down, more pushups). For lifting, I do as much weight as I can, and do five sets of six reps. For pushups, it's as many as I can. I supplement all this with core/ab workouts as well.
3. I've been trying to eat a lot more than usual, focusing on high-protein and high-fat foods. However, I've also been interviewing during this season and I tend to lose my appetite whenever I get stressed. On good days I can eat five times a day, and often snack on things like cheese and lunchmeat.
4. I'm able to go to the gym about every other day.
So far, I've been continuously gaining and losing weight for a net total of... a whopping one pound. I have noticed visible changes in my arms and back, though (I think I've gained about half an inch on each arm, an inch on my waist, and about half an inch on each thigh).
Thanks so much for your help! I really appreciate it!