I did it too
I just passed ONT with a 930. I started working on my NP back in Nov 07. My CCNA was going to expire in April of the following year so I had to make a decision of renewing it or work on NP. I bought CBTnuggets for BSCI which at that time was a lot of money for just videos which I didnt know if it would help. Those videos helped a lot and now a year and a half later I am CCNP. Now I can continue sutdying for lab next year. Way to start the holiday, Im going to celebrate by drinking some home brew later on.
Studying for CCIE and drinking Home Brew