Sara Januszka

Sara Januszka, 42, is a bodybuilder and the co-owner of Bite the Bagel Deli Café in Harker Heights.

Where are you from originally?

Grand Haven, Mich.

How long have you lived in Heights?

We’re a military family. So we lived here for two years in 2002, moved away for five years, and then came back in December of 2009 and we’ve been here ever since.

What do you enjoy most about living in Heights?

From the minute we got here, there was just something about Texas that I liked. Texans in general are very proud of living here, and there’s a history in Texas. And I like the whole cowboy thing. People are proud of the heritage of Texas and they like to keep it that way.

Tell me about your family.

My husband, Jim, retired from the Army on July 1, after 22 years. My oldest, Olivia, is 15 and she’s a swimmer. Hannah is 13 and she’s a runner. Emma is 11 and she likes to play chess, Nicholas is 9 and he likes to do step. Ella is 6 and we’re still trying to figure out what she likes to do.

Are you involved in any community activities?

With my husband being retired, I started going to the gym and I’m actually a bodybuilder. I’ve competed in a few shows and I’m looking at another show in September.

What motivated you to get involved in bodybuilding?

Women in general are bombarded by so many images in the media, and after having five kids I had a poor self image of myself. In 2009, Jim got deployed and I needed something to do to take my mind off of it. After I lost a bunch of weight, someone suggested I try (weight) lifting. I went from 123 pounds to 150 pounds and I’m pretty much all muscle.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Okinawa, Japan. We were stationed there for almost four years and it’s beautiful. It was like we were on vacation for four years.

If you could change one thing about your life, what would that be and why?

That’s kind of like asking if I have any regrets, and I don’t think that I do. Maybe I would have had more kids, but I married an amazing man. I’ve got to travel all over the world. I’ve met incredible people, and I have friends all over the world. I love being a mother and being able to stay home with my children. You can’t ask for much more than that.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

My sister, Barb, told me, “Some things are just not as important as they once were. You just need to calm down and relax and everything will happen the way it’s supposed to.” Ever since then, when I start to get worked up about things, I flash back to what she said to me.

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