Miranda Lambert: Country Star, Dog Rescuer
The singer/songwriter talks about staying healthy, her new album, and why she loves helping dogs.
Miranda Lambert's Workout Playlist
"Stronger," Kelly Clarkson
"Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood
"Hell on Heels," Pistol Annies
"Run the World (Girls)," Beyoncé
"Love in an Elevator," Aerosmith
"Man! I Feel Like a Woman!," Shania Twain
"Smokin' the Boys," Audra Mae and The Almighty Sound
"You and I," Lady Gaga
Miranda Lambert's Diet
Crutchfield has also helped Lambert change her approach to food. "Oh my God, I have tried every diet," she says. "I feel like if you're on one of these diets where your heart's not in it, it's not going to help you. Now, I know making a lifestyle change will work better than a diet in the long run."
Lambert is proud of her Texas roots -- she boasts about her hunting and fishing successes, and she loves her cold beer and barbecue. But these days she eats fewer carbohydrates and more fruits, vegetables, and animal protein. She might have a grilled chicken salad while the rest of the band eats pizza. The only snacks she allows on the bus are almonds and low-fat string cheese. Crutchfield, who advocates small meals every few hours, works with the band caterer to make sure Lambert is getting the right foods. He whips up drinks for her in the juicer at lunchtime, occasionally slipping in beets or greens.
Crutchfield feels the same way about food as he does about fitness -- that life is too short to miss out on things you enjoy. So if there's a big bag of Cheetos -- Lambert's biggest weakness -- he'll suggest she put some in a cup for herself and walk away from the bag. "Having a cup of Cheetos helps her psychologically," Crutchfield explains. "Then she won't ask for it for another two weeks. If I'd told her she couldn't have any, she probably would have taken the bag on to the bus and eaten the whole thing." Lambert also allows herself "cheat meals" (chicken-fried steak, a cheeseburger and fries, a Dairy Queen Blizzard) when she's back in Oklahoma.
Trainer and client both joke about her resistance, which usually ends with a lot of laughs and a "thank you" text later in the day from Lambert. In Beaumont, apprehensive about the stairs, she texted Crutchfield again, saying that she only wanted to do a 30-minute workout that day. His reply: "Video." She laughed. "All right," she texted. "We'll do an hour."
Miranda Lambert's Go-To Snacks
2. String cheese
3. Unsweetened tea
5. Sprite Zero, which she mixes with Bacardi, Crystal Light, and water for her signature drink, the Randarita.
Staying Healthy on the Road
When you find yourself away from home, keeping up with fitness and diet routines can be a challenge. Crutchfield offers these tips for staying on top of your health regimen.