inspiration OF THE WEEK:
This week’s INSPIRATION OF THE WEEK is Sara Gudenkauf-Kluesner!! Sara has TWO teenagers (a 15 & 13-year-old) and also a 9-year-old kiddo!! She works full-time as a school social worker with Keystone Area Education Agency. Since her job is incredibly stressful, she LOVES the mental release that exercise allows her. She said “Working out meets so many needs for me - physically, mentally, and emotionally.” Sara has been a Sisterhood member for almost a year now and I love watching her journey & the connection that she’s built with other Sisterhood members! I love her advice that she gave when I asked her what she would tell someone who wants to live a healthier lifestyle but is struggling with getting started or sticking with it. She said: “I would tell them to just take the leap and start…you will not regret it—sticking with it is something I struggle with doing on a consistent basis so I would tell you just do not give up! Reach out when you are struggling and let the sisters support you. I have learned that making myself vulnerable is one of the best things I can do for myself to assure that I don’t quit.” I love her answer because that’s what the Sisterhood is all about…SUPPORT!! Check out the rest of sara’s responses below…
words from sara
Why do you work out & what is your favorite aspect of working out?
Working out meets so many needs for me- physically I need to become stronger and healthier (and hopefully lose weight in the process!), mentally and emotionally it provides that much needed stress relief so that I can function and be the best me I can at home and at work!
Who are your inspirations/motivators?
My inspiration is without a doubt each one of the sisters- knowing I am never alone in my journey pushes me to keep going!
My motivators are my kids- I want to show them the importance of health and fitness but I want to also be able to be active and do things with them without my weight getting in the way (and I plan to be around a long time to enjoy being their mom!!).
What would you tell someone who wants to live a healthier lifestyle but is struggling with getting started or sticking with it? How would you inspire them to start & stick with it?
I would tell them to just take the leap and start you will not regret it—sticking with it is something I struggle with doing on a consistent basis so I would tell you just do not give up, reach out when you are struggling and let the sisters support you. I have learned that making myself vulnerable is one of the best things I can do for myself to assure I don’t quit.
What is your life motto?
My life motto is: “Celebrate all the baby steps …they are all leading you to the end goal!!”
share with us about your family, your job, and what you enjoy doing when you're not working out or at work.
I have been married to my husband Ryan for 18 years, we live on his family dairy farm between Worthington and Cascade, IA. We have three children- Luke age 15, Haley will be 13 in couple weeks, and Nathan is 9- they for sure keep me busy! I am a school social worker with Keystone Area Education Agency- where I get to see several sisters on a daily basisJ. I enjoy my job immensely, but it is stressful, requiring me to be on my A game each and every day. My family is top priority so being with them is where I prefer to be- spending our summers together as a family is my favorite and makes me feel so very lucky!! To decompress I enjoy reading romance novels- always a happy ending and you don’t have to think about it just read!!