Despite having more confidence, I don’t open up to most people. It is all on a need-to-know basis. I have two adult children who live with me and I’m dressed quite often around them. I have another adult child whom I’ve told but doesn’t live with me and has never seen me dress. My ex knows as well.
Beyond that, it’s only the people who wax me or my hairdresser or people from my support group. I have someone else who knows as well, but more because he’s seen me than I outright told him.
I had been trying to lose weight for years. Even doing exercises didn’t help. The weight just didn’t come off. This year I’ve managed to lose quite a bit of weight (about 20% of my weight), but it is because of illness more than anything I’ve done. It’s changed my eating habits so my weight seems stable at the moment. Sure I could afford to lose a little bit more, but I’m much happier where I am right now in terms of weight than a half a year ago. I’m not exercising as much or as hard, but this is due to my recovery and to just losing some muscle mass as I had to take a few months off.
So yes, confidence definitely helps, but it doesn’t mean I’m opening up to people I don’t want to tell.