As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve lost ~15lbs trying to “cut up”. 
It seems like my body trims up EVERYWHERE except my belly when I’m trying to cut down.  My arms and thighs are smaller, but my belly remains in flab/abs limbo.  It’ll be another 10lbs before my midsection is definitely abs.
AND THEN I can go back to bulking.  Right?  I think that’s how it works.