I've recently lost about 20 lbs, and am now at about 137. I'm female, a few weeks shy of 46, 5'7" and extremely lean above the waist (and always have been; even at my heaviest, you can see my ribs). Waist is 26 inches.
All of my weight is in my hips, thighs, and butt. I've lost inches there and dropped 2-3 sizes (depending on the brand!) and am pretty satisfied with how I look now. But I can grab a LOT of flesh/fat at my thighs/butt and I want to firm up and burn that fat and build muscle.
Right now, I'm tracking my food on MyFitnessPal, and I tend to be in a range of 1400-1700 cals/day. My ratio is generally around 5-10% carbs/65% fat/25% protein. I shoot for around 94 grams of protein daily. My fats come from meat or coconut oil or butter, for the most part. Olive oil if I'm having a salad.
I VERY rarely eat nuts. Occasionally will have some strawberries in heavy cream, but not often.
According to a BodPod on 8/3/11, my BF % was 31.9% (ugh). I think it's dropped a bit since then. My lean body mass at that time was 94 pounds.
I've been doing sprinting (exercise bike or elliptical--it's been too hot in Texas for outdoors) rotating with bodyweight exercises and kettlebell (a mix of Sisson and Wolf), and then a day off. I know that's working, as I have advanced from wall pushups to modified floor pushups. Before, I couldn't even do 1. Yay. I do some slow biking (55-60% of max heart rate) every few days, too, or sometimes after the weights.
I try to do the workouts in a fasted state.
I am eating dairy, but not that much. I cook in butter or coconut oil generally, will put grated cheddar in my eggs, and occasionally eat a Fage yogurt (full fat) or use HWC on berries or in my coffee. I think I'm slowly losing the fat and gaining muscle, but I'm wondering if I'm doing it most efficiently.
Carbs seem to be coming in around 38grams/day. I will sometimes skip lunch; just not hungry, so I know I'm eating to satiety.
Is it just a matter of time or is there something else I should focus on? My sleep is good (7-8 hours and I wake at about 5:45 without an alarm clock. This is a new thing and I LOVE it!)