I started to post a reply to another post and it was then that I realized that I had never done an introduction, but have been lurking for the past couple of years. (How rude!) Anyway here is the post I was going to comment on and my (about time!) answer.
**New Rules of Lifting for Women is a great book.
I agree it has answered a lot of questions I have had. I am back to working out after having my chronic illness turn acute again. (Damn thing!) So all the progress I had made, I get to redo. I have gotten good at picking myself up, dusting myself off and getting back to it!
One question that it doesn't really answer is that I lift Mon., Wed., and Friday but my body is still sore on the lift day. I am lifting until failure, but that is usually just one set of 10 going through the complete routine, arms, legs and core, then a 2 minute break and do the routine again two more times with the two minute break between "sets". By the time I am done, my heart rate is up to 182. I also do 20 to 30 minutes of fast walk on my tread mill before starting the weights. My arms and legs are a little sore on the next lift day, but my "core", back abs...is VERY sore. As in when I sneeze or cough, I see stars.