I go to the gym at 6:30AM. This means I leave the house at 6. What I have been doing is cooking a steak either the night before or in the morning (I put it in the oven while I take a shower and get dressed, then fry it in a pan for a few minutes just before I leave). Then I eat after my training. I'll nuke a potato in the office microwave and eat it with my steak at my desk. The other day I made a casserole in my crockpot the night before consisting of shredded sweet potato, a little bit of meat and 4 eggs, plus some veggies. I ate a little of this that didn't fit in my tupperware container before the workout. I didn't notice any real difference between eating before or not.
My progress on upper body stuff has also been very slow. But it's been progress and that is all that matters. In 4+ weeks I have gone from 30lb bench press to 65lbs. I remember when I couldn't even rack the last rep at 55lbs and now that's a warmup rep. I recently ordered some of those big washers so I can make smaller jumps on the upper body stuff. They came yesterday.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 162.5 x 2