First a little background:
I am a 29 yr old 5'4 250 lb guy that is currently a web developer (so a lot of sitting...I'm definitely considered sedentary). I have a gym membership that I'm not currently using (sounds familiar, I am sure). However, my weight loss efforts have suffered previously due to not having a sound plan. (and I like food). I did use to weight lift in high school, and the lowest I've weight is 170lbs. I'd like to get down to that again (or just under 200 lbs would be amazing).
As far as exercise, if I get past the initial pain, I enjoy running the most for cardio. I got to Week 9 on the couch to 5k running plan. I really liked the way the couch to 5k plan gave you a roadmap to follow, and I think that's why I had so much (relative) success - granted, I didn't finish, but I was really feeling the benefits.
I would like to start lifting again, but with a focus on trimming down rather than bulking up (I'm big enough, thanks). Lean muscle is my goal. Where is the best place to get a lifting regimen for the purposes of slimming down and getting lean muscle? If paying for it is the best option, I am not opposed to that at all.