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SHAPE Exclusive: Miranda Lambert on Staying Slim

Striking a chord with Miranda Lambert

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It’s been a busy year for Texas-born country crooner Miranda Lambert, 28. She won six music awards—including a Grammy—for “The House That Built Me” off her platinum album Revolution, tied the knot with fellow recording artist Blake Shelton, and started an all-girl group called the Pistol Annies. Now she’s releasing her fourth album, Four the Record. All are good reasons to kick off her cowboy boots and relax in 2012, right? Not exactly. Instead, after a brief holiday staycation at her farm in Oklahoma, Lambert will head out on a national tour. We asked the singer to share her secrets for staying country strong—at home and on the road.

Inspirational Song

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“I listen to Beyoncé’s ‘Run the World (Girls)’ when I exercise. I picture her body and it makes me push harder.”

Baby on the Way?

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“Blake and I aren’t having kids for a while. We’re so busy, we haven’t had time to enjoy married life yet. Our seven rescue dogs are our babies.”

Ditch the Diet

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“My weight always fluctuates by 10 pounds. After trying Atkins and doing Nutrisystem a few times, now I’m just focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle rather than dieting.”

Good Read

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“I just finished reading The Hunger Games. I loved it so much, I wrote a song that I’m hoping will be on the movie’s sound track. Cross your fingers for me!”

Order Right

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“We eat a lot of fast food when we’re traveling. But these days, almost every restaurant has an alternative to that cheeseburger. I just have to remember to order it!”

No Gym Needed

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“When I’m touring, I have to think of workouts that don’t require a gym. My favorite is running up and down the stairs at the arena, which is good cardio and great for my lower body.”

Bottoms Up!

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“I don’t mind having a big butt—they’re back in style. But I do a lot of squats to make sure my booty’s not dragging on the ground.”