You don’t need to say I am for I am to be. You don’t need to state you are conscious to be conscious being.
I am comes before the statement I am and so I am states itself. By this no explanation could be true as a bubble in a bubbling stream says nothing of where the stream originated.
Previous to this beingness saying I am is beingness. It is pre-beingness saying I am. You, infinite, never having not being and what always will be, state I am.
That which is, is, then it says I am, then it attaches to (proveably) false ideas on what it is.
Only previous to ideas, previous to I am-ness is that which is. You are only that.