09/15/2010 AT 7:20 PM ET
Before she can even walk down the aisle, Kellie Pickler says she has to first race out of the recording studio.
“Everything is going great, slowly but surely,” the country singer, 24, tells PEOPLE about planning her wedding.
Before she can finalize all the details of the big day, though, there’s some other business to address.
“I’m in the middle of working on an album and on the Rascal Flatts tour, so trying to juggle that and plan a wedding has been a challenge,” she said Tuesday at the ASCAP Awards in Nashville. “I think once the record gets finished I can jump into wedding mode.”
As for getting into tip-top shape, the bride-to-be seems to already have that part down. Down two dress sizes since the CMT Awards in June, Pickler credits a change in eating habits and cutting out “a lot of junk.”
“I don’t really work out [but] Kyle works out every day and is obsessed with it,” she says about her songwriter fiancé, Kyle Jacobs, who proposed on June 15. “Every once in a while he can drag me out of bed, but it’s rare.”
Reporting by KAY WEST