The country queen admits self-care takes more time and attention in this phase of her life.
Watching her weight is "a chore," she says. "I used to be able to drop 10 pounds in a week by getting off fried foods and bread, and now it just takes so much"
After more than 40 years of hit-making, Reba McEntire is now universally regarded as a queen of country, but McEntire herself feels “kind of funny” about being in the same company as the queens she grew up with: Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette.
“It’s kind of like when you were in the first grade and the seniors that year are always the seniors,” she tells PEOPLE.
“Those ladies will always be the royalty.”
Ah, but don’t think McEntire is relinquishing her crown.
“It’s like what Garth [Brooks] said one time: ‘I might not deserve it, but I’m not giving it back,’” she says with a sly grin.
“It’s just that, to me, they will always be the queens.”