We have a lot in common, wow. I quit smoking on December 31st, 2006, so I'm approaching 2 years smoke-free, woohooo! I smoked a pack to a pack and a half a day for 30 years. And after I quit smoking I put on about 40 lbs (the difference would be that I was already overweight before that point).
One more thing we have in common: For the past two days I've been working on an "interior paint" job!! OMG what a workout that was! I wrote a whole blog entry about it.
Anyway, welcome to 3FC - and best wishes on your weight loss journey!