For an intro lesson, the ARC across from REI in Arcadia, Calif., is a good place to start.
Nothing beats getting out into the real world, though. We went to Indian Cove in Joshua Tree with a group called BSA on Belay, and had a fantastic time.
If you live in the Pasadena, Calif., area and want to try archery, check these guys out. Fun, free lessons in a lovely area of the Arroyo shaded by oaks.
With the help of a trainer and a nutritionist, I was able to drop 40 lbs. While I made this goal two years ago, the actual process took about 6 months. The trick was buckling down on the nutrition, especially cutting out booze while trying to lose. Now that I’m on maintenance, there’s room for delicious red wine and Belgian beers. I feel better. I look better. This was completely and totally worth it.