Motivation is a common word in the wellness industry. Fitness celebrities and diet gurus talk about motivation as an equivalent to willpower. They seem to suggest that if you follow enough of their social media accounts and read as many of their posts as you can, you can tap into some hidden reserve of willpower that will make it easier for you to wake up early to go to the gym or to conquer that craving for sweet foods when you have had a bad day at work.

In the Habits of Health System, we look at motivation differently. For starters, we know that relying on willpower is not an effective way to transform our lives. Anyone who has tried a diet program and failed knows this firsthand: The start feels easy, but eventually, your willpower-momentum runs dry, and that moment of surrender often comes as a result of a big obstacle.

Motivation matters, but we have to understand how motivation really works if we want it to work in our favor. In the simplest terms possible, motivation is the desire to do things.

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* 2-½ lbs (37 medium 5-1/4” to 7” spears) asparagus
* 11-14 oz raw beef tenderloin (should yield two 5-oz servings, depending on desired doneness of beef; use higher end of starting weight for well-done and extra well-done beef)

* 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
* 2 tsp Dijon mustard
* 1 tsp olive oil
* 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
* 1 tsp fresh thyme, minced
* ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
* 2 cloves garlic, minced

Marinade/rub:Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl, setting aside a small portion of mix to be used for asparagus. Rub beef tenderloin with mixture, then wrap beef in plastic wrap, refrigerate, and allow to marinate for 30 minutes. While meat is marinating, preheat grill to medium heat and prepare asparagus by washing and trimming ends. Lay asparagus spears on aluminum foil (leave excess aluminum foil at the edges). Sprinkle remaining marinade mix over asparagus spears. Add 1-2 Tbsp water. Fold foil by tucking ends and creating a “tent.” Place on grill, leaving ends folded. Grill beef 15-25 minutes or until desired doneness. Continue to cook asparagus until al dente (tender-crisp).

Makes 4 servings – Per serving: ½ Lean protein, 3 vegetables, 1 ½ condiments

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