Thank you for the welcome as well as the advice! I'll definitely try to feel it out the next couple of weeks and see how I'm fairing.
No doubt, increasing size is definitely a goal I have. But strength is important for me too. I used to be preoccupied with getting huge, but I think I'm content with, at least for now, my physical size. My concern is just to best preserve whatever LBM I have now and make sure I don't catabolize (is this a made up word?) it when I'm cutting.
CF Strength Bias looks pretty cool, I just feel as though I'm not up to that level quite yet, haha. Also, I neglect recovery as it is, I'm sure my body would kick me in the face if I ran it through CFSB! But, I do think Rippetoe's stuff is awesome, so I might check that out. Just, and I'm sure you've gathered this, I'm a bit unsure of how successful SS would be with my current diet. My primary concern is losing weight, after all, with a very close secondary concern of gaining, or at the very least maintaining strength.
Matt, thanks again for your advice. As of today, I've kept my food logged and will probably start out an SS cycle soon enough just to see if it's something viable while cutting.
PS: To your "You can get stronger without getting huge" comment. I saw a kid at the gym yesterday who probably weighed not more than 140 lbs churn out 10 dips with 135 lbs (almost his body weight!!) belted to his waist. It blew my MIND.