My name is David Sigman, and for full disclosure, this is my first blog. I am a 45-year-old Urologist from Baltimore, Maryland. I have struggled with my weight all of my life and would describe myself as an emotional eater. I eat when I am stress, eat when I am happy, eat when I am bored, etc. I have been on many a diet and seen good results only to see my hard work undone. I finally realized how important exercise was to maintain my weight and I did quite well for some time. However, as my medical practice has grown and I have accumulated other responsibilities associated with my profession, the care of my patients always came first and the care of myself came last.
My wife is a nurse who, in her current job, is working off of a grant to help prevent childhood obesity starting in the preschool population. I have always felt somewhat hypocritical in that her vocation is dedicated to something that I struggle with, and the more I thought about this disconnect, I felt somewhat embarrassed and ashamed that someone working to prevent obesity in children was married to someone who was obese. In addition to my wonderful wife, I have three wonderful children including a 27-year-old daughter, a 15-year-old son, and a 13-year-old daughter. I have celebrated a wedding, a Bar Mitzvah, and a Bat Mitzvah in the last two years, and in looking at the pictures from these special life events, I look at myself and wonder how I could let my weight and health get to where it is.
From a health perspective, I am a pre-diabetic who started medication two years ago to make sure that my blood sugar control did not progress. One would have thought that would have served as a wake up call to take better care of myself, but for whatever reason, it has taken until now to realize that I have to take care of me, or both my family and professional life will suffer due to the adverse effects of obesity.
Social media is a wonderful thing, and I was fortunate to see a post from a college friend regarding being a panelist for 7 Years Younger. I looked at this opportunity as a chance to make a change in my life, and after learning more about this, it has motivated and empowered me to make this change now.
So that is who I am and why I am here. More on my journey next time.
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