Abs are starting to make a little appearance.. but don't let the shadow of the blinds fool you so you gotta look closely haha 🙈 I've never really had abs before so this is super exciting for me! Things I think that have helped:
1) Consistent weekly ab training. I don't do a whole lot of ab work, just a few exercises twice a week. But the biggest thing this prep is doing them consistently. I used to avoid abs or skip them if I was running late so they weren't a priority before. Now I make sure to not neglect them! Abs, like other muscles, need to be built and sculpted too. I do a mix of weighted and non weighted exercises.
2) Getting leaner, obviously. Genetically I don't have abs so I have to diet down in order to see any definition. I don't cut out any foods or sodium but will reduce foods that personally cause me to bloat around checks ins or certain events.
3) Using @steelfitusa Abs of Steel cream and a waist wrap during cardio sessions. *Note that this is not a magical product that guarantees abs, they help with reducing water retention and increasing energy in your abdominal region.
4. Drink lots of water! I drink a gallon each day. Staying hydrated helps naturally flush out your body and actually reduces water retention.