WW Points -- Kinda Sorta Back?

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healsdata

Joined: Jul 07
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Posted: 02 May 2010, 16:51
I'll be the first to admit that I've never used the WW points feature on FatSecret BUT I am a huge geek as well as a computer programmer. So I took a few hours today and put together a Greasemonkey script that adds the WW points back to the food diary.

What's Greasemonkey? Well, it's an addon for Firefox that let's users (like you and me) make changes to the way websites we're visiting look. When you install a Greasemonkey script, it only affects your computer (i.e. it only looks different for you.)

With that all in mind, if you'd like to use my script to add WW points back to your FatSecret diary, you're going to need to do the following:

1) Use Firefox (Available for download here: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/)
2) Install the Greasemonkey plugin (From https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748)
3) Install my script (From http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/75800)
4) Make sure you are tracking Calories, Fat and Fiber via FatSecret (You can track other things too but these three are required: http://www.fatsecret.com/Default.aspx?pa=mpro#fjpref)


Example Screenshot


I've only tested the script on my particular setup (Windows Vista, Firefox 3.6.3 and Greasemonky 0.8.20100408.6) If you run in to any issues, I'll try to be as helpful as I can but can't promise to resolve any particular bugs or problems you may have.

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"There's no doubt that the Atkins diet will lower your cholesterol, weight and blood pressure and get rid of your diabetes, but then what?" asked Dr. Robert Rosati, the cardiologist who runs The Rice Diet Program Clinic, granddaddy of Durham's diet centers.

I guess there's really no pleasing some people. Laughing (Source: http://bit.ly/ekORk0)
healsdata

Joined: Jul 07
Posts: 528

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 16:52
FAQ

Q: I still can't see WW points in my Android/iPhone/Blackberry app, what gives?
A: Sadly, the script only works for the website (and, even then, only in Firefox). Apps for phones are built in a different way and I don't know of any way for users to modify copy-protected apps like the FatSecret one.

Q: Help! This was working and then suddenly stopped working
A: This script depends on how FatSecret currently formats their content. If FatSecret changes things (by adding new features, spiffy colors, etc.) then I'll need to release a new version of the script to handle the changes.

Q: Do you support the different Weight Watchers points structures?
A: Since version 0.6.1, the new Weight Watchers Points Plus calculations are used. If you want to use the old Weight Watcher Points, visit this page and click "Install" next to the May 13, 2010 02:38 version. In future versions, I hope to allow the formula to be editable by the user.

Q: The Points Plus system excludes most fruit & vegetables. How can I achieve this?
A: A planned future feature is to allow the user to mark any one food item as skipped so that it counts as zero points.

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"There's no doubt that the Atkins diet will lower your cholesterol, weight and blood pressure and get rid of your diabetes, but then what?" asked Dr. Robert Rosati, the cardiologist who runs The Rice Diet Program Clinic, granddaddy of Durham's diet centers.

I guess there's really no pleasing some people. Laughing (Source: http://bit.ly/ekORk0)
rjenkins27

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 17:45
Nerds are cool.
I work for the Department of Redundancy Department
MJPrich

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 18:01
Wow that's awesome! Thanks a lot!!! I was copying and pasting to a spreadsheet and thought that was cool. I must admit, I am a little nervous about downloading anything to my computer. I might wait a couple of days and see what other people experience. Now that I am in my 50's I am not as trusting as I used to be.
Gallimh

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 18:47
Healsdata, you're a life-saver! Thank you so much for the work you've done on this. Very thoughtful of you indeed. I did have to fumble around to get it to show up because I'm new to Firefox & Greasemonkey but for others new to this like me, you will need to right-click on the monkey icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and select "Manage user-scripts"... Thanks again!

*Raises a 1 point beer in Healsdata's honour!* Cheers!

p.s. I already pay my $40 a month for WW so please, no flames about stealing! Smile

p.p.s. I'm running Windows 7 and it works fine...
healed01

Joined: Dec 08
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Posted: 02 May 2010, 18:49
Hi
I am trying to create a ww point calculator but fat friendly instead of carbs.
That is instead of having fat in the point equation to have the carb grams. If you know the calculation instead of dividing fat into 12 you divide carbs into 24. can you help?
sooki

Joined: Dec 09
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Posted: 02 May 2010, 19:15
Wow! you da bomb!

I'm not tracking points, and I'm not starting now. But, you are da bomb!
DISCLAIMER: I expect to lose this weight over the next 6 months to 5 years. I'm not going to feel like a failure if it takes an entire month to lose 1 pound. I'm going to feel like a success when that happens! I may offer advice that I'm currently not taking myself. Feel free to call me on that!
NateWasHere

Joined: Feb 10
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Posted: 02 May 2010, 19:25
Tried it...WORKS GREAT!
NateWasHere
healsdata

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 19:32
I'm glad everyone is having success using this!

MJPrich wrote:
I must admit, I am a little nervous about downloading anything to my computer. I might wait a couple of days and see what other people experience
That's a good stance to take! I don't use a Greasemonkey script until it has good reviews or a friend recommends it.
Gallimh wrote:
I did have to fumble around to get it to show up because I'm new to Firefox & Greasemonkey...
Yeah, it's a shame this only works in Firefox. I don't know of anything comparable for Internet Explorer which would make this available to more people.
healed01 wrote:
If you know the calculation instead of dividing fat into 12 you divide carbs into 24. can you help?
I may be able to make a version that will allow you to change the calculation on your computer. Will be a little trickier but I'll toy with it this week.

Quote:
"There's no doubt that the Atkins diet will lower your cholesterol, weight and blood pressure and get rid of your diabetes, but then what?" asked Dr. Robert Rosati, the cardiologist who runs The Rice Diet Program Clinic, granddaddy of Durham's diet centers.

I guess there's really no pleasing some people. Laughing (Source: http://bit.ly/ekORk0)
Nutzi

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Posts: 21

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 19:39
I SERIOUSLY cannot thank you enough.

I was really upset to have the points go away. This really works.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Smile
sukiki

Joined: Mar 10
Posts: 17

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 19:56
Thank you so much! I already pay them enough to go to meetings, I don't think its fair they want us to double-pay for the online tools, which is why I'm here, this will make my life much easier (I already pay so having the formula here isn't stealing, it just saves me from writing down math, its saving trees!) hehehe
sukiki

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 20:03
FYI, seems to work great both on my laptop with Windows7 and my iMac running Snow Leopard!
Bindy

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 20:08
Genius!
Blrfl

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 22:02
Funny, I thought to do the exact same thing. Thanks for doing it!

One nit: Because of the fiber in my breakfast this morning, I had a 6-point item and a 3-point item. The total came to 10 points instead of 9.

--Mark
_Sky_

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 22:16
Thank you! How kind of you to create it and share it with us!
BCLenny

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Posted: 02 May 2010, 23:09
I am not on WW but I think that it is so wonderful that you took the time so that WW can have their points back. Now thats truly a nice thing to do...bravo!
" I promised my heart I would.. "
rearl306

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Posted: 03 May 2010, 01:40
I installed the script in my Firefox, and in my Fatsecret food diary it only shows the WW points on the totals for the day and in the Breakfast section, it does not show the points in the Lunch, Dinner, or Snack sections of the page.
sukiki

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Posted: 03 May 2010, 02:46
Actually I'm noticing this as well, I thought it was because I already had foods entered when I installed it but I added a snack after wards and the total updated by the individual item line didn't show the points like it does on breakfast items.
Valnessa

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Posted: 03 May 2010, 05:51
Hey Healsdata, I got my columns ready to roll like you suggest, any way you can fix the thing for these problems.

You may become a hero to the masses!!
healsdata

Joined: Jul 07
Posts: 528

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Posted: 03 May 2010, 06:11
Blrfl wrote:
One nit: Because of the fiber in my breakfast this morning, I had a 6-point item and a 3-point item. The total came to 10 points instead of 9.
I was curious about that -- sometimes the total calories/fat/fiber for a meal give different points than adding up the individual items. Is the proper way to count to add up the individual items?

sukiki wrote:
Actually I'm noticing this as well, I thought it was because I already had foods entered when I installed it but I added a snack after wards and the total updated by the individual item line didn't show the points like it does on breakfast items.

Huh, that's odd. When I look at your calendar for yesterday, the only items without points are carrots and garlic -- both which come up as zero points when I do the math. Does the WW cookie row not have a point value on your screen?

I'll definitely work on a new version of the script after work today to try and solve both of these issues based on additional feedback!

Quote:
"There's no doubt that the Atkins diet will lower your cholesterol, weight and blood pressure and get rid of your diabetes, but then what?" asked Dr. Robert Rosati, the cardiologist who runs The Rice Diet Program Clinic, granddaddy of Durham's diet centers.

I guess there's really no pleasing some people. Laughing (Source: http://bit.ly/ekORk0)



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