So, you're a picky eater who does like to eat bugs? :wink:
Adam and Sue had great advice. Eat what you like. You're not going to do it if you hate it, right? Every once and a while, try something new for a change. One taste won't kill you, and you may be surprised at how your new, unclouded palate reacts to foods you once thought were "icky". (God knows I never planned to eat beans--but the Zone changed that for me. I ate chili tonight!!!) Also, different brands of things taste different. Some yogurts are very sour, yet others are more like thick milk (which you say you like.) I've been amazed at how my palate is different--get rid of the grease and starch, and wow! What flavor these vegetables have!!!
You mentioned soy oil--this is conventionally known as "vegetable oil", so you've probably had it. I find it a little rank on its own--I prefer canola (which is virtually flavorless) or olive. If you're not a fan of olive, try the "light olive" (just light in flavor, not fat) which is also nearly flavorless. You mentioned the kiwi-pineapple thing. I have this, too (it's an inability to digest the enzyme in these fruits.) Don't push it--it will hurt! Canned pineapple (in juice) does not have the enzyme, as the heat in the canning process kills it. You said you don't like salad dressings--neither does my Dad, but he loves fresh lemon squeezed over salads. It really helps bring out the flavor. Might be worth a try!
Anyway, the water thing sounds like a big concern. I am with you on the not wanting to spend tons of time in the WC (I am a music teacher, and can't leave my kids every half hour!) I find that if I don't drink water, I tend to retain it, and don't lose weight. You can substitute some of the water in foods and other drinks (I do indulge in Diet Rite soda, splenda sweetened), but water is important. You don't have to be super-vigilant, but try carrying a water bottle, and just sipping now and then. You'll probably be surprised at how good it makes you feel--I tend to get a headache when I am dehydrated, and have a hard time maintaining energy and mental clarity. I also find that sometimes when I am "hungry", if I drink a cup of water, all of a sudden I am fine! I also stop drinking about an hour or so before bed, and rarely get up. Kidneys are fast!
If you have trouble eating in the AM, maybe starting with a smoothie would help? At least there's no chewing involved! :lol:
About the blocks, 11 is right, and you should lose weight this way. I am only 3/4 inch taller than you, and started 3 lbs. heavier, but I have been eating 11 and have lost nearly 20 lbs. since late Spring. (I am a slow loser, but a determined one!) I've really found this has changed my life for the better, and my husband is totally on board, too.
Adam mentioned using the same grocery list--I've expanded on this. I made a spreadsheet of my "usuals" and put them in the order I go in at our store. I print them out, hang on the fridge, and circle as needed. It's really an easy way to go, and the time savings is well worth the time it took to make it the first time. If you want a copy, email me and I can forward it to you.
Best of luck during this holiday time--have a zone Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Solstice/New Year's Eve!