Update for those keeping track:
Still training without a live coach though I'm thinking it's soon time to get one to properly judge my progressand help further it. In any case here's a progress report:
When singing before I would always try to mimic the tone of the original musician of the song. Dumb but that's all i knew how to do. No wonder I sounded like trash. Since beginning training, I've completely let all those bad habits go and re-trained myself. I can work through most lessons I use to the intermediate level and sound decent enough through the tougher ones. The advanced training is still out of reach though. But that's okay it will come.
The biggest thing is that I finally found my octave that is best suited for my singing voice and it's amde a world of difference in how I sound. I had no idea what I was doing and would just sing close to my speaking voice's octave which was WRONG. I'm up an octave from my speaking voice in my singing and honestly I actually sound half decent in my tone which is a huge motivator. Now comes the hard work though. Refining my tone, and continuing to be able to sing on key and not slipping up or down while singing plus stretching up into my head voice bordering on falsetto on pitch. But for those keeping score, once you figure out the octave your voice is best suited for, which takes a lot of practice vocally to find it (as most people are a mess when they start singing) it gives you the direction you need to go in terms of getting past the hump of finding your "good sounding voice" because then you can just concentrate on improving from that place.
Sorry I know that's all probably not the professional way of describing it but it's my experience in my own words.