Last spring I remember feeling weak and run down, I was taking around 38 units of insulin a day and had an A1C around 6.5. This spring I feel very strong and have been taking around 30 units of insulin and have an A1C of 6.7. This spring I have been a lot stronger on the bike as well, completing rides of forty miles in back to back days is a lot easier, I also have become a "runner" (not really) completing five to ten mile runs weekly is now the norm, I was lucky if I could run five to ten miles a week before this spring.
I don't know what has caused my body to change but I do have a few guesses. The first reason may be that I have "relaxed" a little bit when it comes to my diabetes. I was going crazy trying to keep my blood sugars constantly below 140, by accepting blood sugars between 90 and 170 I have become more relaxed. My A1c may be up a tad but to be perfectly honest I will take it, I'm still below the A1C mark that I set for myself four years ago and have been told by numerous doctors that trying to be near 6 is not realistic. Shooting to stay between 6.5 and 7 is great and so far has been working wonders for me. Another reason may be my mind set when it comes to life, I'm human and I have stresses from work, home and everyday life but the way that I handle those stresses has changed. I would get down if things weren't perfect, I expected a lot and if things didn't go as planned I would get upset or depressed. This spring I have really been able to sit back and enjoy the day. My life isn't perfect but I'm very lucky to have the life that I do. I have changed my mental approach at work and on the bike. On the bike I'm no longer worried about times or speed, I'm just happy to be riding. I enjoy the 6am rides and seeing the sunrise, I will never be a semi-pro racer but I do have the ability to ride and do so pretty well.
It is a long and tough journey to change ones mental approach, when you do though it helps a lot. I was told to not think while laying in bed, to let the day go. I laughed when I was given this advice but it has worked wonders and I am a firm believer that it goes a long way in making one happier.