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How do you motivate yourself and actually do it?
Both are habits. The hard part is getting started and keeping it going for the first few weeks. After about 6 weeks, I think you'll find (as I did) that it's easier to keep exercising and eating healthy than it would be to stop.
I can't really speak to how to get started with a healthy diet, other than to make substitutions (for example, replace soda with unsweetened iced tea, or replace one meal's dessert with fruit). Small steps work best for me. I like to make each change "stick" before making any more changes. My wife has helped me learn to eat healthy and after almost 10 years, she's STILL teaching me better nutrition.
With exercise, I find what works REALLY well is simply to dress for it, even if I don't feel like exercising. I find if I put on my workout clothes, I always go ahead and work out. I hope that's useful to you! Let me know if you want more specifics and what you'd like to know and I can probably offer something.