I also have been doing some extra ab work on top of the all over toning exercises. The July issue of Shape featured Jewel and her ab workout. I have done the workout at least twice a week for the last two weeks and it certainly makes my abs sore and they are getting flatter. I could certainly handle having my abs look like Jewel's.
I also decided to pick up an ab toning belt Friday afternoon. Yes I know they are not miracle workers but decided to see if it would help even the slightest. I read a few reviews about a couple different belts and people are talking about how they lost inches using them. I decided to pick up the Gold's Gym toning belt at Wal-Mart for $5, which claims it will help shed water weight.
I used it for the first time this morning at the gym. It really made my ab area sweat. I got home and it was dripping in sweat and had to hang it up to dry before putting it back into my gym bag. At least if this doesn't work I only wasted $5. And if it works I might go back and pick up the shorts for under $10.
Have a great week ladies!!!