Miranda Lambert Reveals How She Stopped Worrying About Her Weight

Miranda Lambert continues her reign as one of today’s queens of country music. After almost two decades in the biz, she’s recorded a myriad of hit songs including “Baggage Claim,” “White Liar,” and “Kerosene.”

Her personal life is often the subject of news headlines. Her divorce from Blake Shelton continues to be tabloid fodder, and her surprise announcement that she married NYPD officer Brendan McLoughlin in January 2019 after a whirlwind romance also topped media stories. In her new relationship, Lambert seems to be in a good place personally and professionally, with a newfound sense of self-acceptance.

Miranda Lambert performs at the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards
Miranda Lambert | Rich Fury/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM

Newlywed life

Lambert and McLoughlin are enjoying life as newlyweds. When asked if their quick trip to the alter was due to love at first sight, Lambert said that may have played a part. “I guess so. If that’s a thing,” she told Health Magazine. “I have eight dogs. Had love at first sight with them, too. Must be way easier than I thought.”

Mostly, Lambert seems to boil it down to being decisive. “I feel like I’ve been through enough in my life to know what I don’t want. So when I know what I do want, I snatch it right up,” she said.

While Lambert is a country girl and her hubby is from the city, the two find a happy balance. The singer enjoys touring New York but seeks solace at her farm in Tennessee. “I’ve been to New York so many times, but I’ve only ever worked [there]. I’ve never gotten to hang out and wander the city and really take it in,” she said. “I really enjoy it, but it does drain your energy. That’s why going back to the farm is very important. It refuels me. My farm just outside of Nashville is where I find my center.”

Body image

Like many women, Lambert has struggled with self-acceptance, including when it comes to her body. “I’ve been all sizes. My whole life, I’ve struggled with ups and downs in weight. I’m only 5’4″ so weight shows quickly on me,” she shared.

Now, the country star has embraced her size and finds that the confidence of accepting herself has improved all aspects of her life, including her career. “I’ve hit a comfortable place; this is pretty much my size. I’m a size 6, give or take five pounds, depending on the day,” Lambert revealed. “It’s so good to find your place. I don’t like being onstage worrying about my body. That’s the last thing I want to be thinking about. I don’t give my best performance when I’m distracted by my insecurities.”

Lambert described the epiphany that led her to let go of her insecurities. “There was a time when I wasn’t happy about the way I looked—but I was happy about where I was in my career, so I was like, ‘I’ll worry about that later,’” she said. “I had a girl come up to me. She was probably my size and age, and she said, ‘I want you to know I threw my scale away because of you, because you’re so confident. I realized my weight is not in a scale; it’s in how I feel about myself.’ That gave me confidence to be like, ‘Whatever state you’re in, you’ve gotta rock it.’”

Believes in a no-routine routine

When it comes to diet and exercise, Lambert has learned that going with the flow works best for her. “I don’t have any rhyme or reason to my fitness routine or dieting. I’ve been on every diet. Every time I did low-carb, I would gain [the weight] back so quickly,” she told Health. “Sometimes I have a couple weeks where I just drink beer and eat cheeseburgers. And then I’ll go, ‘That was fun, but my stuff doesn’t fit.’ Then I’ll spend a month doing Pilates or riding a lot and running.”

Sometimes Lambert will have her husband join her in her workouts. “I’m not a runner, but I’m trying to be one. Sometimes. He does a pity run with me, and then he does his real run,” she said of McLoughlin. “It’s sad. These days, I just try to feel good about myself and know that I’m trying. And if there’s wine and cheese, sometimes I have it.”

Fans clearly love Lambert not only for her music but for her authenticity!