I've never tracked what it takes calorie-wise to be weight stable like you have. There's a 2-3 week lag time between anything I do and the results I get, which makes it difficult for someone who just is not that detail-oriented. But I can see general trends. I have found that over the years, steady cardio at first was helpful in losing weight but now it really doesn't do anything positive for my weight at all. Lifting weights not only makes me super hungry, I can indulge that hunger and end up with a slimmer figure.
Lifting weighs also jacks up my heart rate more like sprinting does. I've become so efficient at steady cardio that I can almost do it on a warm day without hardly breaking a sweat. I'm probably the only person on Earth to start to gain weight while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Somewhere around mile 2000, hiking 25-30 miles per day, I actually had to start watching what I ate.
Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 145 x 4.