I finished my first ever NaNo Camp in exactly 7 days and I'm now celebrating with my last Glitterberry J2O. I've re-found my writing enjoyment and I didn't put my life on hold at all.
I've already got my NaNo23 and JanNo24 novels planned out, but I won't be putting my life on hold to complete them any more... I still want to keep winning, but I won't be writing 8-9k words a day from 3am to 10pm any more. I'll get up when I wake up, write a chapter, get washed and dressed and eat my first meal of the day before I write again until I have my lunch, then write until bedtime, just like I did with my Camp MS - I'll be writing for the enjoyment rather than beating my personal best like I wanted to do for the last who knows how many. From now on, I'm writing because I enjoy it, not because it's a competition.
I'm also not going to have a J2O for every 5 chapters I write in a day 'cos that's waaay too expensive, I'll be doing like I did with Camp and have a treat-sized bar of chocolate at the end of every chapter and a J2O when I've finished the entire thing. I'll need a multipack of 4 to last both competitions rather than a box of 20 for each of them.
I'll still be a winner, it just won't be as fast or my sole focus every day any more.