I have the same desire as you do, camel. And I'm at about the same starting point. My biggest issue right now is finding anything to do chinups/pullups on. The door pullup bar will get me a divorce and I thought I could use this pole thing out on the deck, but I think that will earn me a divorce, too. So if there are other exercises that can build up the strength needed for a pullup, that would probably be easier. Then maybe I could just test out my ability if I ever find a place to do a real pullup.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 157.5 x 2