My story of Google workplace benefits transforming my life
I decided I should share my story, don’t think we fully appreciate what we have.
Me, 4 years ago: diagnosed with pre-diabetes, “borderline obese”. Life at my lowest - 2 kids, wife diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer.
Working at Google. See an announcement - new program, commuter e-bikes program. They will give out e-bikes if you bike at least 3 days/week. I always enjoyed biking as a kid but did not buy a bike as adult - I lived 8.5 miles away from the office and didn’t want to waste money on something I will never use. I joined ebike program just to see if I can bike to work. Turns out - I can.
A year and a half passes. I was biking 3 times/week with assist set to 30%. I feel much more confident. Decided to join the Hiit School cardio boxing class (1/week). I am bad, can’t do a mini-lap, use 7lb dumbells. Keep coming each week, feel sore for the next 3 days. Start noticing that I am becoming more and more flexible, tying shoelaces is no longer as much of a challenge.
I join regular Hiit School classes (2/week).
Now: I am officially (based on measurements) not overweight, I lost 30+ lbs. I can run a mile without stopping I use 20 and 25 lb dumbells, depending on the exercize. My sweat no longer smells of sugar.
My wife recieved all the best treatments, reconstructive surgery, everything. She had been in remission for awhile. I did have to contact Google “health concierge” now and then - but they were really helpful and understanding.
I do not know who came up with e-bikes program, I wish I could’ve thanked them in-person. I am also sure people do not always understand how transformative those programs can be.