I think Stumptuous is Canadian.
I'm following Starting Strength, more or less. I don't find that I can progress quite so linearly. I always redo the same weight I did last time if I did not feel that I achieved good form or if I didn't do all the reps, and I progress only 5lbs each time, not 10. I also have not done any power cleans.
I started by hiring a trainer who showed me around. But after I read Starting Strength I could see that she taught me some things incorrectly. For example, she didn't think I should go quite so low in the squat. She certainly thought I should go about parallel, but not as low as what Rip shows. And she thought I should keep my head up while Rip says to look about 4' in front of you. She also didn't show me how to grip the bar the same as Rip. So I try to follow Rip's form suggestions rather than hers. She also wouldn't show me real deadlifts. Instead she showed me Romanian deadlifts. So basically I have just been doing a great deal of this on my own. I am a self-motivated individual, though, so it works for me.
I have managed to go from 25lb squats the first day when my trainer showed them to me to 95lbs on my own. I showed myself the deadlift and can do 110lbs. I started the press at 20 and now 45 feels pretty easy. Bench press from 30 to now 65lbs.
I, too, think this is really enjoyable.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 175 x 3. Current Deadlift: 225 x 3